"Look Anew To The Dawn"

Some nights I sat by the tracks listening to music and the way life to many appeared.

It seemed many dreamed of life to be better and yet there were others life so feared.

One of  those nights of misted moonlight shaded in hues of dew;

I pondered life of all that we had gone through, both good and bad, each not a few.

Some sang of love gone quite wrong and yet others sang of love yet to come along.

I heard of love so everlasting and yet the music to my ears was quite contrasting.

Sitting on those tracks that night as sure as the train horn began blasting;

I prayed a prayer as only a little boy could, that I might have love sure and lasting.

On that old pack shed during this  late of night, I could hear music both black and white.

Each night I listened, I learned of feelings that forever my heart would be drawn.

Though many opportunities in my life have slipped away and are gone;

I look at life once again refreshed and look anew to the dawn.

Written by Bob Wood 

Jeremiah 31:3    The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.

I was  sure enough a country boy but there were quite a few late nights waiting on parents to go home; I moved around town just listening and thankfully learning.  I was known by many of the business people and I just plain liked all of them.  This was a time when a little white boy didn't hang out with black folks much so I would sit and listen to them across the street as they talked and sang.  Just over to my right I could hear the same thing from the beer joints for the white folks.  Even after I got older, I would ride my bike or my motorcycle back to town late at night to listen to all of the folks.  I have known a little loneliness in my life but God has given me enough mothers and dads, uncles, aunts, Mamaw & Papaw, often a nice young lady to hold my hand and a good friend to understand.  I have learned that a good walk in the rain on a summers day can be a great healing and it can wash away the pain and hide a tear streaked face.  I have learned that the blues are not so bad and they have often expressed the best feelings that I have ever known.  When I'm in Milan still today; I find myself driving by where those businesses, train depot and those old pack sheds were.  God often allows us to know the cold so we can better know the sunshine.  Watch God's people all around you today.  I have learned that learning from others mistakes is often less painful than learning from my own.  May God Really Bless You!  Keep shining and be as good as you can be and when you have a chance; you pray for me.

Bob Wood

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