The Silver Train
There is a silver train
Riding on the rails
Whizzing by everything
Over hill and vale
And on that train is a restaurant
With china and crystal glasses
And a young girl serves the food
As each place the train passes
And the young girl works with her Mom
And serves the travelers well
And she loves to work in the dining car
And ring the dinner bell
And every so often the train will stop
And a passenger will leave
And strange events unfold right then
And the girl sees people grieve...
"Please don't let them leave today,"
The passengers will cry,
But the conductor says, "It must take place,
But all will be well by and by..."
The young girl ends every day she works
With a story read by her Mom
And the two of them sit in their seat
Happy as they ride along...
And every morning the two get up
And start the coffee and fill the plates
With food and fruit and other delights
And sausage and eggs and pancakes
And one day someone else got off
Of the train - and it was someone she knew
And she peered out the window but all was fog
And through the glass you couldn't peer through
And the young girl asked the conductor
"Why can't I see where my friend went?"
And the conductor replied as she grabbed his arm,
"All their time on the train was spent."
That night the young girl leaned on her Mother
As the two sat together in their place
And the girl asked "Where did my friend go,"
And will I ever again see their face?"
Her Mother replied "When the fog surrounds us,
The train will stop for another person to leave,
And we can't see beyond the fog,
And those who lose someone will grieve...
"That is the way it is on the Silver Train,
No one ever gets on except when they are born,
No one ever gets off unless all their time is spent,
Though the fog and the mystery we may scorn...
When the fog is lifted and we reach our destination,
When our journey finally comes to an end,
We will see that the train carried us safely,
And all the travelers will be together again..."
And the young girl leaned on her Mother's arm
And went to sleep that night
She felt an inner peace and comfort
Knowing deep inside that her Mother was right.
The years went by and her Mother grew tired
And the girl, now grown, knew inside
That the train would stop and her Mother would leave
And she would no longer be there at her side
She asked her Mom, "How can I do the work alone?
How can I serve on the dining car,
How can I do this by myself,
With you away and so far?"
Her Mother didn't answer her questions this time
When the fog came she went out the door
And the girl couldn't follow - though crying so hard;
She knew she wouldn't see her Mom anymore...
And the train started moving again on the tracks
The girl couldn't see where her Mom went
The conductor was sorrowful for her broken heart
And said "I'm sorry, but all her time was spent."
The girl all alone now - felt desperate inside
She cried and cried and looked through the glass
Just like she had done all her life
From the time she was just a young lass
She felt all the burdens of working and serving
And couldn't see how she could run the dining car
Anymore by herself all alone in the day and night
She felt abandoned, like a wandering star...
She kept asking the conductor and begged him a lot
To explain why her Mother was gone
To explain why she couldn't see her anymore
And why this train ride was so long...
The conductor thought long and hard to answer her questions
It wasn't easy to explain or say
But the girl was persistent in her questioning of him
And he finally answered her one day -
"One day the train will come to its destination
And the fog will lift and be seen no more
And you will see your Mother
And your friends you care for
And you will see that the train was paid for
By the Life of God's only Son
And he brought you safely on the Silver Train
To eternal life's destination that He won.
And though you must serve now
On the dining car alone
He will take care of you
Till you reach your heavenly home..."
By Randy Stahla
"Even to your old age I will be the same...and even to your graying years I will bear you. I have done it, and I will carry you; and I will bear you and I will deliver you."