They read the “Journal” and the “News,”
The “Green Book” and the “Red,”
They kept the serials of the month
Securely in their head.
They went through books both old and new,
Best sellers, too, they thought;
They read the jokes and studied styles;
No item went for naught.
They read the sporting page; they knew
Each athlete by name;
They read of baseball, football, golf;
Familiar with each game.
They looked the funny paper through;
They watched the mails to seize
The magazine they like the best,
Whose columns most did please.
But in their home there was a book
With pages never turned,
Whose message of truth and hope
Was still by them unlearned
The Book that tells of Him who came
To earth that we might know
The beauty of a sinless life,
Lived here so long ago.
(From the bulletin of Westside Church of Christ, Salem, Indiana)
Guardian of Truth XL: 10 p. 13
May 16, 1996