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The Auctioneer’s Prayer

He stares at his tractor with watery eyes,
Remembering the nights under God’s bright skies.
Her fingers slide over the old kitchen stove,
A catch in her throat that no one else knows.
If just these two items could bring what they made,
All the farm’s debts could quickly be paid.

The auctioneer sees all, and shares in their pain;
He’s seen it happen time and again.
Some might assume that he doesn’t care,
But before their auction
Comes the Auctioneer’s Prayer.

“Lord, please guide me through this auction day,
In all that I do and all that I say,
Help me cry stronger than ever I’ve done,
For this is their auction, this is the one.”

Yes, another farm auction, held here today,
People gather in their usual way.
To poke through the boxes and trample the lawn,
They’ll quickly forget when all’s sold and gone.

We get to know them, we share in their plight,
The tables hold history, laid out in plain sight.
We know the story of this man and his wife,
What we auction here are the remnants of life.

If it be your will, Lord, through Christ your Son,
Help me cry stronger than ever I’ve done,
For this is their auction, this is the one.

Dennis Wendt, Parker, Kansas, 1986

Mike Brandly, Auctioneer, CAI, AARE has been an auctioneer and certified appraiser for over 30 years. His company’s auctions are located at: Mike Brandly, Auctioneer, Keller Williams Auctions and Goodwill Columbus Car Auction. He serves as Adjunct Faculty at Columbus State Community College, Executive Director of The Ohio Auction School and Faculty at the Certified Auctioneers Institute held at Indiana University.