Among the dusty books neatly stacked on Grandpa's shelf was
Found an ancient Book, priceless and full of wealth.
I remember Grandpa smiling as he sat me on his knee.
He handled the Good Book in a loving way
When he'd opened its pages to me.
The cover of that old Book was tattered and badly worn.
Its pages, turning yellow, were faded and somewhat torn.
Grandpa would read to me stories with a twinkle in his eye.
He said he was planting seed, precious seed that would never die.
He taught me from the Scriptures from the time that I was small,
And tested me at times to see if Scripture I could recall.
Then one day, I told Grandpa to put his old Book away.
I was grown up now, a man, and wanted to do things my own way.
That's when I left home and Grandpa far behind to
Set out on the sea of life, not knowing what I would find.
The world outside of Grandpa's house felt cold like an empty shell.
I found myself on a twisted road that was leading me straight to Hell.
Hopelessly, I'd groped for light, although the light was dim.
My thoughts would return to Grandpa, and all the love I'd held for him.
One day, unexpectedly, Grandpa died in his sleep.
When I'd received the news from home, all I could do was weep.
I hurt so bad deep in my heart. I only wished I were there to
Let him know I loved him and that I'd always cared.
Later, I went to Grandpa's house to relive fond memories,
Recalling what he'd told me that one day I would clearly see.
I found the shelf in Grandpa's room just as I'd remembered before, and
There on top of Grandpa's book, I found something more.
A note that read, "Dear Grandson, I knew one day you'd come.
The pleasures of the world couldn't hold you, just like that prodigal son.
I'd trained you up in the way of the L-RD; My faith in G-D never quit.
The Word I'd planted deep in your heart, I knew you'd never forget.
G-D promised me you'd return to the old ways in which you were taught.
Son, I've left all of Hell in shambles because in prayer for you I've fought.
Now, take down my priceless Book and reject its teachings never,
For it will lead you back to me and to Eternal life forever."