Spare the Rod?_Greg Asimakoupoulos-There's spanking and then there's spankingA football player whooped his boy
and lost the right to play.
The issues are not black and white
(or black and blue). They're gray.
My dad would use his belt to spank.
My mom used her hair brush.
My grandma made me eat some soap
when I was prone to cuss.
My grandpa used a willow switch
to teach his children grace.
Instead of lashing their behinds,
he said "I'll take your place!"
While kneeling down, he bore his back
to take their punishment!
And in the process truth was taught.
A lesson Heaven sent.
To cause a much-loved father pain
hurt more than getting spanked.
And as my mom related it
I saw how faith was banked.
|PO BOOKS BY GREG ASIMAKOUPOULOS
Sunday Rhymes & Reasons
Published June 4, 2009
Sunday Rhymes and Reasons is a compilation of inspirational poetry by America's pastor/poet laureate, Greg Asimakoupoulos. In this, his third volume of poetry, Pastor Greg paints word pictures that portray both the struggle and fulfillment that define a life of faith. His repertoire of rhymes celebrate rite-of-passage occasions like birth, baptism, marriage and death as well as the major holidays of the church and culture. It is a volume that illustrates the poet's love of words and of popular culture. The author dips his brush into a paint box of hubris, humor and honesty.
"Gloria and I have been encouraged by word pictures from Greg's pen that have celebrated both our ministry and God's presence in our world." – Bill Gaither, Gospel music composer/performer
"Gifted poet Greg Asimakoupoulos is a dear friend of our family. His poetry blesses, comforts, entertains, and provides inspiration for every season of life." – Natalie Grant, singer/songwriter/recording artist
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A father learns from the wisdom of his toddler.