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The God of One More Chance

A man named Peter stumbled bad
Lost all the love he ever had
Fouled his own soul’s spring
Cursed and swore and all that sort of thing.
He got another chance and then
He reached the goal of God—like me.

A boy goes wrong the same as he
Who fed swine in a far country
He seems beyond the utmost reach
Of hearts that pray, of lips that preach.
Give him another chance and see
How beautiful his life may be.

Paul cast the young man Mark aside
But Barnabas his metal tried
Called out his courage, roused his vim
And made a splendid man of him
Then Paul, near death, longed for a glance
Of Mark who’d had another chance.

King David one dark day, fell down
Lost every jewel from his crown
He had another chance and found
His kingly self, redeemed, recrowned
Now lonely souls and countless throngs
Are lifted by his deathless songs.

For fallen souls—arise, advance
Ours is the God of one more chance.

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