Rosemead Kiwanis Club
"Serving the Community Since 1945"
The Fax of Life
A weekly inspiration, courtesy of the Kiwanis Club of Scott's Valley
February 18, 2007 Volume 12, Number 20
THE NEWSBOY AND JOHN 3:16
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 selling 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 with compassion 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."
said, "Come on in, Son."
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 3:16...I don't understand it, but it sure
makes a cold boy warm."
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."
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."
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."
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
morning the lady came back up and took him down again to that same big
table. Again it was 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.
replied, "No, Ma'am, I don't. The first time I ever heard it was last
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."
I have to confess I don't understand it either: how God was willing to
send His Son to die for me and everyone else, how that act of dying
could pay for my and everybody's sins, and how his Son Jesus would agree
to give up all that He had and do such a thing. But I have to follow the
pattern of that little boy and say "I don't understand it, but it sure
does make life worth living."
3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting
Contributed by Ed Lopez
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