PART I

 

It begins, as all stories do
at the birth of a baby who
understood what few grown men do:
God is as very real as we
and created all things on Earth.

The baby, soon a boy at play,
learned to read suddenly one day
in a mature and thoughtful way:
God is as very real as we
and created all things on Earth.

His intellect began to show
as if to say, this much I know--
the more I learn, the more I grow:
God granted me this mind to use
for purposes I can't yet see.

In school, he excelled as before
and teachers found it quite a chore
to satisfy his need for more:
God granted him his mind to use
for purposes they couldn't see.

As a young man, he climbed a tree
with a girl named Stephanie
"Are we crazy, or are we free?"
He was turning into a man
who was different from the rest.

He had no question of the worth
of joy, friendship, gladness, and mirth--
they had been with him from his birth:
He was turning into a man
who was blessed as no men are blessed.

But then fate dealt the man a blow
the stream of blessings ceased its flow
and his revelry turned to woe:
He had to learn by suffering
the cross God made for him to bear.

After forty months, God returned
and asked the man what he had learned
"Blessings are gifts, they are not earned":
The lesson came by suffering
the cross God suffered him to bear.

 

Part II

---jrw
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