Hugh’s News & Views (I Cannot Go . . .)


In over sixty years of preaching the gospel, I have been both amazed and amused at the excuses people can make for not attending the services of the church. The following poem was posted by Tom Childers on the “Friends of the Restoration” Facebook page on July 21, 2016. According to Tom, it was adopted from “Where the Sidewalk Ends” by Shel Silverstein.

“I cannot go to church today,” Said little Peggy Ann McKay.
“I have the measles and the mumps, A gash, a rash and purple bumps.
“My mouth is wet, my throat is dry, I’m going blind in my right eye.
“My tonsils are as big as rocks, I’ve counted sixteen chicken pox
“And there’s one more—that’s seventeen. And don’t you think my face looks green?
“My leg is cut, my eyes are blue—It might be instamatic flu.
“I cough and sneeze and gasp and choke, I’m sure that my left leg is broke.
“My hip hurts when I move my chin, My belly button’s caving in,
“My back is wrenched, my ankle’s sprained, My ’pendix pains each time it rains.
“My nose is cold, my toes are numb, I have a sliver in my thumb.
“My neck is stiff, my voice is weak, I hardly whisper when I speak.
“My tongue is filling up my mouth, I think my hair is falling out.
“My elbow’s bent, my spine ain’t straight. My temperature is one-o-eight.
“My brain is shrunk, I cannot hear, There is a hole inside my ear.
“I have a hangnail, and my heart is—
“What? What’s that? What’s that you say? You say today is Saturday?
“G’bye, I’m going to the mall today!”

The person plagued with the above “diseases” (excuses) for not attending the services of the church would do well to spend some time in sober reflection on the following passages.

“And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread and in prayers” (Acts 2:42).

“And on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul, ready to depart the next day, spoke to them and continued his message until midnight” (Acts 20:7).

“[N]ot forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching” (Hebrews 10:25).

“Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life” (Revelation 2:10).

Hugh Fulford

April 17, 2018

Speaking Schedule:

April 18 & 25: Green Hill Church of Christ, Mount Juliet, TN

April 29: Mission Church of Christ, Smyrna, TN

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