Wow that’s the some fish!” shouted Teddy Moore as he stood at the front of Mrs. Wilson’s home room class that morning.
“Felix; Mr.’s Wilson told me to put it on the display table here” replied the school janitor Murray as he placed 5 foot wooden plaque complete with 50 pound fish on the table.. Murray placed the fish on the display table and limped to the back of the class and seating himself on a metal fold out chair.
Several boys flocked around Felix as he began to tell the tale of his father’s conquest of the monster stripped bass.
“Save your story for the presentation Felix, we will all be taking our seats soon” advised Mrs. Wilson.
Towards the back of the class room one boy hovered over the desk of another pleading “Let me see, come on open the knap sack!” begged Tommy Barnes with a passion which appeared to cause his blonde crew cut stubble to bristle as if he were electrified..
“No way, you’ll get to look at them latter” responded the husky Drew Lewis. “These things are precious, my uncle would kill me if he knew I brought them in” winked Drew
This was not just another day in the 5th grade homeroom class of Mrs. Denise Wilson, this was “Amazing Days”. The one day all year when the students were asked to bring something “amazing” to class. .
Felix and the tale of the fish were on first to the joy of the boys and the disgust of the girls.
Lucy Mae Rodriguez satisfied the female audience when she displayed the brilliant hand knitted afghan that her grandmother had knitted using 5 miles of woolen thread. This was verified by her mothers hand written declaration which Mrs. Wilson read to the class.
Drew had just finished putting the last of his 6 “ship in a bottle” back in the case when Mrs. Wilson asked
“Is there anything else amazing to show us today?
Howard Moore turned towards the back of the classroom. “Hey Murray show them!”
Murray the janitor walked towards to the front of the classroom; “OK with you Mrs. W?”
Mrs.’ Wilson had a respect for the quiet. dependable Murray. “Go ahead “;
“Murray, the leg, the leg” cheered Howard form the front row.
Murray grinned, reached down pulled up his pant leg and exposed a plastic leg. From the knee down flesh and bone had been replaced with plastic.
Murray looked at class, “In 1968 I lost my leg in a war with a country called Vietnam”. The class sat at attention.
The class sat focused as Murray pulled a small silver cross from around his neck.
“This symbolizes the cross on which Jesus Christ died”. It was giving to me while in the hospital by a young American private who was dying.
Murray shuffled closer towards the class, producing a small new testament from his pocket he began to read from the book of John chapter 3 verse 16 “ For God so loved the World that he gave his only begotten son that who so ever believeth in him shall not perish but have everlasting life”. The class sat still as Murray continued and Mrs. Wilson squirmed in her chair.
“God gave us his only begotten son, a son made in his image, he was holy and perfect”. He turned to Drew
“Drew would you give Howard here that big old fish trophy?”
Drew answered instantly “Heck no!”
Murray grinned “Well God gave us his precious son, who was beaten and hung to die on a cross:’ He held up the small silver cross.
He hung there amongst criminals, he died and rose again and is seated on the right hand of his Father”. “And you know what’s really amazing?” Not a word was spoken.
“You can all know his father and be forgiving for all your sins by believing on his name”.
“Wow” exclaimed Drew,” can you tell me more about Jesus?” Murray grinned and Mrs. Wilson swallowed hard. “Id love to, come by the boiler room later.
As Murray carried the huge fish back to his office, he though about the sacrifice of our Lord, he thought about how he may have just surrendered his job of 25 years, and how a lost young boy and many more may come to Christ and receive eternal life because of his testimony. “Wow”, he thought.
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