amos the churchmouse: amos heads for the mountains

Gary Mitchell

amos the churchmouse:
a view from under the pew

Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except hyphens and dashes.

amos heads for the mountains

i ve been to the mountaintop
boss and the air is thin cool
and clear

i ve just returned from a
mousey christian writer s
conference
and inspiration is spilling
over my cup
my problem boss is that i
can t seem to catch any
of it

the speakers spoke
brilliantly
words gleamed in all their
connotative glory
and mousey writers poised
on the edges of their
cushioned thimbles
with pen in paw

it was awesome boss
i almost learned something
but i caught myself in time

we were inspired and
motivated
our spirits re-fired and
resuscitated
but mostly we enjoyed
the coffee cheese and
doughnuts the best boss

probably the high point
though was the keynote
speaker who was a wise
old mousey writer with
long gray whiskers

you ll never do great
things for god until you
experience the power of
his transforming glory
in your life says he

it won t happen until you
encounter the risen glorified
lord jesus
then he cited the experience
of john wesley mouse first on
aldersgate street and then at
fetterslane when he and others
experienced an outpouring of
the holy spirit during their
worship and prayer time

he also talked about moody
mouse – that great evangelist -
and his praying for the
empowering of the holy spirit
after the great chicago fire
moody mouse said later that
quotes here boss god revealed
himself to me and i had such
an experience of his love
that i had to ask him to stay
his hand unquote

the scripture passage that the
wise old mouse used was jesus
transfiguration described in luke
nine verses twenty-seven to
forty-three

when jesus was transfigured
before his disciples said the
wise old mouse he revealed
himself to them as he really was

then the wise old
gray-whiskered fella
looked intently into our
young bright eyes and he said
not only was jesus transformed
by his glory
his glory in us can transform us
as his disciples
as he reveals his glory to us
his glory changes us into his
image his likeness
from glory to glory

the mountaintop experience
is only temporary the old
mouse said
what was the purpose of
the transfiguration he asked
his glory is our power for
service our resource for
rescuing others
you can t build tents towers
or tabernacles on the
mountaintops of our
feelings
but you can scatter his power
by demonstrating his glory
in the valley of groans

he paused a moment
you can t do it empty
without a glimpse of his
glory – without