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Topic: Joy (05/18/06)
TITLE: If I Knew How
By Edy T Johnson
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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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