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Topic: First Day of School (06/28/04)

TITLE: 10,000 FIRST DAYS
By Anthony David
07/05/04

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A quiet and clear dawn heralds the much-awaited day. I wake up much earlier than I usually do. It is the first day of my school year!

Fresh smells waft across my nostrils. The smells ofÖ

A hot breakfast being cooked by mum in the kitchen;
New, unbroken books;
My brand new school bag!
My new shoes and socks!

As I finish my refreshing bath and slip into my crackling new and freshly ironed uniform clothes, I feel great. It is a fresh new day for me indeed!

The beginning of a new school year, of a new term and a new day!

Oh how I wish I could get such new beginnings often!


* * * * * * *

There is another school and another first day too, I remember.

The dusk was slowly falling as I knelt down on a hill outside my town. It was a memorable November day and I was in a Youth For Christ Camp. I accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as my personal Saviour and Lord. My first day in this school began then.

I was overjoyed to get the huge burden of me sin off my tender shoulders. I wanted to (and did too when I thought no one was within earshot) shout: ROLLED AWAY! ROLLED AWAY!

My heart was grappling with new feelings, tender new thoughts of the Saviour, and I loved to be together with my dear brethren in the Lord. Their fellowship and brotherhood was so sweet! It was like heaven on earth for me.

I had great times studying my Bible. Attended many meetings and eagerly imbibed what men of God were sharing. Every promise from Godís word I would write down, memorize and claim.


I was eagerly collecting and avidly reading as many good Christian books as I could. I would wait eagerly for a chance to share my testimony in fellowship meetings.

Will those days come back?


* * * * * * *

On an average, I have about 10,000 days more to live. How did I get this figure? It is based on three premises:
1. The average life span in my area to be about 70 years as of now.
2. That the Lord tarries in His Rapture.
3. My age now (You can guess!).

Every single day as it dawns, is indeed a fresh day at the school of His Feet.

I yearn to learn more and more.
To grow like Him and reflect His face;
So, each day I take as a fresh new day
As I walk and sing along His way!

How about you my dear reader?

* * * * * * *

© 2004: Dr.M.A.David S Kumar.


Member Comments
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L.M. Lee07/05/04
Oh how I wish I could get such new beginnings often!

great line...


and I did some math...using my trusty calculator...

say around 42? ha!
darlene hight07/05/04
I like the contrast between first day of school and first day as a Christian
Corinne Smelker07/05/04
Well done - well written and taking the first day from a completely different angle.

Good points made too.

I enjoyed this one, thanks for posting!
Anthony David07/06/04
Dear Lissa, your maths and calculator both are working well! Maybe I shouldn't have given that challenge!
Melanie Kerr 07/09/04
My mind is not up to maths involved! "crackling new and freshly ironed" - I loved the description in the first section and the poem right at the end.