#3 Oh, Jesus I Have Promised

At school I loved singing although I couldn’t read.  In assembly each morning we sang hymns and I loved it and sang at the top of my voice.

There was one hymn which I really loved, but I thought the words were a bit strange:

Oh, Jesus, I have promised

To serve thee to the end;

Be thou forever near me

My master and my friend

Last verse:

Oh let me see thy foot marks,

And in them plant mine own;

My hope to follow Julie

Is in thy strength alone;

Oh guide me, call me, draw me,

Uphold me to the end;

And then in heaven receive me,

My Saviour and my friend.

I knew that when we lined up to go into class, I had to follow Julie, but I didn’t know why we had to sing about it?

I knew I would have to sort these grown-up people out when I was older.  It was clear that they had their priorities all wrong.  Though I later learnt to read and found out the word was ‘duly’ not ‘Julie’.

I always do what I say I’ll do.  It doesn’t matter how long it takes me or what it costs.

It is only those who disagree with me who say I’m stubborn, all the others would say that I have sticking power.

I’ve been writing for 28 years now.  This is part of a long-term plan in which I have been putting all the pieces in place. It’s my intention to sort out a number of things. Just like I took it upon myself to sort out the dinosaurs in the Easter Garden and rectify the situation.

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