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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Joy (05/18/06)

TITLE: If I Knew How
By Edy T Johnson
05/21/06


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If I Knew How

His uncle posed a question, rather big for one too young
to have a ready answer on the tip of his wee tongue.
“Is Jesus in your heart, Son? Have you asked Him to come in?”
Junior blanched and turned away, suddenly aware of sin.

He looked into the mirror, his chin resting in his hands.
Then big tears began to form and a sob broke through the bands.
His uncle pressed the question, “Junior, will you ask Him, now?”
With breaking heart, he answered, “Oh, I would if I knew how!”

Uncle Alec raised his voice, and the two began to pray.
“Thank you, Jesus, for your blood, washing all our sins away.
“You took children in your arms, saying, ‘Let them come to Me!’
Here’s a boy who’s ready, Lord. Fit him for eternity!”

Just then Grandpa walked right in and he wondered, with a start,
as his grandson brightly said, “You need Jesus in YOUR heart!”
Here, just a baby Christian had already in his mind
God’s call to see a harvest, waiting there for him to find.

They say that, up in Heaven, angel voices ring with joy
When one soul turns, repenting, even just a little boy!



My poem is based on a true story often told by “Uncle Alec,” who was my dad. Junior was four or five-years-old, I believe, at the time this event happened (when my dad was scarcely more than a teenager, himself). After my dad moved on to Paradise, I found a cassette tape on which he had recorded this story. Such a joy and comfort it has been to have Dad’s message in my possession, in his own voice!


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Lynda Schultz 05/26/06
This is really neat! Good job.
Leslie Lamb05/26/06
What a beautiful legacy your father has left for you!
Sherry Wendling05/27/06
I am touched by this precious young boy, and the way you shared his testimony; it works so well in verse! The Kingdom of God consists of such as these...
Kate Wells05/29/06
This was beautiful. And to know that it was true, made it even better!Good job. Kate~
George Parler 05/29/06
No tells a story like a loving parent. And the story lives on in the heart and on the lips of those they loved. Excellent story laced with smooth rhythm and rhyme. Well done!
Jan Ackerson 05/29/06
Wonderful poem, and thanks so much for sharing the story that goes with it. Both are precious.
Joe Moreland05/29/06
What a wonderful example of the joy we experience in not only asking Jesus into your life, but in realizing that you can be a part of that same thing happening in someone else's life. I loved the poem itself. Great pace, and your selection of phrases and words painted such a perfect picture.
Rod Loche05/30/06
Wonderful, this is a touching poem that makes you think about Jesus love for the children. It flows beautifully. Well done!
Birdie Courtright05/31/06
Such a precious retelling. I hung on every word. You captured the sweetness of a baby-heart, really innocent in the big scheme of things but already burdened enough to turn. As a Sunday School teacher, this is a very real moment for me. I can see it... "just a boy" is just an opportunity to make that turn in the crucial direction. Reading this I thought "from the mouths of babes". Lovely.
Valora Otis05/31/06
You are blessed to have such a heartfelt legacy recorded in your fathers own voice. You have written your BEAUTIFUL retelling in such a flowing poetic form. I'm sure that it will carry his legacy on for years to come. Bless you for sharing it with us.
Ann FitzHenry05/31/06
Very touching story! Thanks for sharing!
Marilyn Schnepp 09/24/06
Beautiful Edy, just beautiful! I can't believe I missed all these stories of yours when I read at least 60 or 70 every week! I'm going to "track" you from now on...so I won't miss these gems! Great story, and so touching that you have it on tape. Thanks for the read! Loved it!