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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Sunday School (10/25/07)

TITLE: Jimmy Got What?
By Verna Cole Mitchell
10/27/07


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Jimmy Got What?

“…Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” Mark 10:14 NIV

When I was just a college girl,
The preacher came to ask
If I would teach in Sunday School
A kindergarten class.

Though I’d had no experience,
I said that I would try.
“How hard could this be?” was my thought.
I found out with a sigh.

Like thunder to the room they came,
Completely without poise,
But all the calmness that they lacked,
They made up for with noise.

I tried to teach them of God’s love
Through stories that I told,
Like Daniel in the lion’s den
And David, brave and bold.

We sang together lively songs
With motions they could make.
They’d fold their hands to say a prayer
And close “For Jesus’ sake.”

One morning Janey gave to me
A lecture about germs,
“You shouldn’t eat stuff off the floor
‘Cause Jimmy got some worms.”

I could not help but love those tykes,
So precious in God’s sight.
They’d climb to get upon my lap
So they could hug me tight.

When I was on the campus, I
Would see them everywhere.
They’d shout with voices extra loud,
“Look, that’s our teacher there.”

Those little ones, grown up today,
Have scattered far and wide.
I pray God’s love they’ll not forget
And in His peace abide.


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Lee Ann Rubsam11/01/07
I laughed heartily over this. I love the title!
Betty Castleberry11/03/07
I love this. I stumbled just a bit on the meter in the second stanza, but it's absolutely charming anyway. Good work!
Leigh MacKelvey11/03/07
A nice story-poem! I enjoyed the story and the humor written in meter and rhyme!
LaNaye Perkins11/05/07
This is such a sweet poem story. You did a fantastic job!
Therese Witkus11/05/07
The story and the flow is as lively as the children within.
Great sense of humor.
Joy Faire Stewart11/05/07
This is a delight...love the humor and the last stanza very much. Great job!
Kristen Hester11/05/07
Wonderful! I love this sweet poem about teaching a group of kindergarten students. Don't kids say the darnest things? Precious!
Lynda Schultz 11/06/07
Amen (except to the worms, of course)! Nicely done.
william price11/06/07
Excellent perspective and presentation. Enjoyed it. God bless.
Sharlyn Guthrie11/06/07
You've got it all in this little poem...tenderness, humor, perfect rhyme and meter, and right on topic. Wonderful!
Donna Carrico 11/07/07
I was blessed by your humor and honesty.
Pam Carlson-Hetland11/07/07
What an enjoyable read...and I don't do poetry well. But this is precious and so very on topic. Excellent job.
Brenda Welc11/07/07
This was great. It made me desire to be a Sunday School teacher! Keep us the great writing!
Joanne Sher 11/07/07
Just a delightful poem (LOVE the title!). It captured the heart of the teacher, and of Sunday School in general. Lovely, Verna!
Loren T. Lowery11/07/07
This brought back so many grand memories of the students I've had the priviledge to "teach" over the years. Written with great tenderness and insight.
Sheri Gordon11/07/07
This is really sweet. You captured the essence of a Sunday school class very well. And your title is great.