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Topic: Red (10/01/09)
TITLE: Not In This School, You Don't
By Mariane Holbrook
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The school day was about to end; outside we heard our bus.
“So write about your favorite color; give it careful thought.
Be sure to use the essay style that you have just been taught.”
We hurried from our class that day discussing what she’d said.
We changed our minds a dozen times from pink to blue to red.
Around the dinner table we discussed it endlessly.
But there was not one color choice on which we could agree.
While sitting at my desk that night I felt God speak to me.
“This is a chance to share your faith though some might disagree.”
It seemed the words flew out of me; I felt God’s guiding hand.
Though I was barely fourteen then, ’twas time to take a stand.
“Of all the colors,” I began, “red is the one that wins.
It represents my Savior’s blood He shed for all my sins.
“When soldiers beat Him with their clubs, His blood flowed red with pain.
It poured from every stab and wound and left an awful stain.
“God could have made us pay for crimes that we had surely done.
But God’s love was so great that He gave up His own dear Son.”
I turned the two-page essay in; surprised when teacher chose
To read it to our English class but soon her voice just froze.
“Your work is unacceptable; you know we cannot speak
Or write of Jesus or of God, so leave here for one week.”
I put my books into my bag and told the class goodbye.
I didn’t know if I’d be back or if I’d even try.
My mom and dad just hugged me tight and said they loved me, too.
TV reporters were outside to see what I would do.
The interviews were shown for days on stations near and far;
My dad would tease that I’d become our family’s TV star.
It finally ended peaceably and I returned to school.
The kids were wearing red that day; I thought it was so cool.
But best of all, were letters I’d received from kids like me
Who’d placed their faith in Jesus Christ and He had set them free.
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