John 3,16


A little boy was selling newspapers on the corner,
the people were in and out of the cold.

The little boy was so cold that he wasn’t trying to sell
many papers.

He walked up to a policeman and said,
“Mister, you wouldn’t happen to know  where a poor boy could
find a warm place to sleep tonight would you?

You see, I sleep in a box up around the corner  there and
down the alley and it’s awful cold in there for tonight.

Sure would be nice to have a warm place to stay.”

The policeman looked down at the little boy and said,  “You
go down the street to that big white house and you knock
on  the door. When they come out the door you just say
John  3:16, and  they will let you in.”

So he did. He walked up the steps and  knocked on the
door, and a lady answered. He looked up and said,
“John  3:16.” The  lady said, “Come on in, Son.”

She took him in and she sat him  down in a split bottom
rocker in front of a great big old fireplace,  and she went
off. The boy sat there for a while and thought to  himself:
John 3:16I don’t understand it, but it sure makes
a cold boy warm.

Later she came back and asked him “Are you  hungry?”
He said, “Well, just a little. I haven’t eaten in a couple of
days, and I guess I could stand a little bit of food,”

The  lady took him in the kitchen and sat him down to a table
full of  wonderful food. He ate and ate until he couldn’t eat
any more. Then  he thought to himself: John  3:16

Boy, I sure don’t understand it but it sure makes a hungry boy  full.

She took him upstairs to a bathroom to a huge  bathtub
filled with warm water, and he sat there and soaked for a
while. As he soaked, he thought to himself:  John  3:16 ..
I sure don’t understand it, but it sure makes a dirty boy
clean. You know, I’ve not had a bath, a real bath, in my
whole life. The  only bath I ever had was when I stood in
front of that big old fire  hydrant as they flushed it out.
The lady came in and got him. She  took him to a room,
tucked him into a big old feather bed, pulled  the covers
up around his neck, kissed him goodnight and turned out
the lights. As he lay in the darkness and looked out the
window  at the snow coming down on that cold night,
he thought to himself:  John  3:16 ..I  don’t understand it but
it sure makes a tired boy rested.

The next morning the lady came back up and took him
down again to that same big table full of food. After he
ate,  she took him back to that same big old split bottom
rocker in front  of the fireplace and picked up a big old Bible.

She sat down in front of him and looked into his young face.

“Do you understand John 3:16 ?” she asked gently. 

He replied, “No, Ma’am, I don’t. The first time I ever heard it
was last night when the policeman told me to use it,”

She opened the Bible to John 3:16 and began to explain
to him about Jesus. Right  there, in front of that big old fireplace,
he gave his heart and  life to Jesus. He sat there
and thought: John 3:16 —  don’t understand it, but it sure
makes a lost boy feel safe.

(sent in by Guy)


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