Sermons We See by Edgar Guest. This poem by Edgar Guest shows that the way we live can speak louder than any sermon you may hear. We as Christians must walk the walk that matches our talk, by living what we say, preach and teach. Edgar Albert Guest (Eddie Guest) was born in Birmingham, England in 1881 and died in Detroit, MI in 1959. Guest is known as a prolific poet, meaning he produced a lot of poetry. Click on the Sermons We See graphic below for a printable version of this poem. Below are a couple Bible verses to share with this poem.
James 1:22 King James Version (KJV)
22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
Sermons We See
by Edgar Guest
I’d rather see a sermon than hear one any day;
I’d rather one should walk with me than merely tell the way.
The eye’s a better pupil and more willing than the ear,
Fine counsel is confusing, but example’s always clear;
And the best of all the preachers are the men who live their creeds,
For to see good put in action is what everybody needs.
I soon can learn to do it if you’ll let me see it done;
I can watch your hands in action, but your tongue too fast may run.
And the lecture you deliver may be very wise and true,
But I’d rather get my lessons by observing what you do;
For I might misunderstand you and the high advise you give,
But there’s no misunderstanding how you act and how you live.
When I see a deed of kindness, I am eager to be kind.
When a weaker brother stumbles and a strong man stays behind
Just to see if he can help him, then the wish grows strong in me
To become as big and thoughtful as I know that friend to be.
And all travelers can witness that the best of guides today
Is not the one who tells them, but the one who shows the way.
One good man teaches many, men believe what they behold;
One deed of kindness noticed is worth forty that are told.
Who stands with men of honor learns to hold his honor dear,
For right living speaks a language which to every one is clear.
Though an able speaker charms me with his eloquence, I say,
I’d rather see a sermon than to hear one, any day.
We have to be both hears and doers of the Word. We must let our light shine before others too. Others are watching us, those who claim to be a Christian, in what we do and don’t do. They see how we handle the good and bad times in our lives too.