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The Furnace

by Lewis Hamilton
from the book “The Gardener and My Garden” c1997

The repairman was called to fix the flaw,
our house was getting cold
We blamed the man who sold it,
my best furnace, we were told

This furnace, that’s the problem,
our heat it won’t provide
He described how efficient it should be
I think your salesman lied

There’s power her that’s missing,
it isn’t worth its salt
Our house is getting colder
and it’s all your salesman’s fault

We’ll send somebody over,
you can bet it won’t be long
We’ll have your house all nice and warm
I can’t imagine what went wrong

The repairman came by quickly
with all his many tools
He had a list of what goes wrong
and all the fix-it rules

He finally found the problem,
It’s this switch he firmly said
It should be on all of the time,
it’s been turned off instead

Oh yes, on one hot summer day
I did the mentioned deed
I turned the switch from on to off,
the heat we didn’t need

We wonder where the power is
in our Christian walk, I’ve learned
We don’t see any miracles
because the power switch is turned

The power is there, waiting
if we call on him today
He’ll turn our switch from off to on
and keep it there to stay!

“But you will receive power when
the Holy Spirit comes on you;
and you will be my witnesses in
Jerusalem, and in all Judea and
Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Acts 1:8

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4 thoughts on “The Furnace

  1. Isn’t that the truth tho!

  2. Did you really turn the furnace off? :-)

  3. This story is actually based loosely on a true story. When Rebecca was 4 she happened to turn a switch on the furnace. The house got cold and we called the repairman. It wasn’t a new furnace and we weren’t all upset or anything, we just wanted the house warm again. We couldn’t understand what was wrong and of course we didn’t even think that the furnace was turned off!

  4. I like this weblog very much so much good info.

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