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I'm Ready, You Bet!
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By Louis Gander
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I'm Ready, You Bet!

I was with Jesus when He healed the ear.

It's then that I found that I hadn't a fear.

 

Jesus asked, Will you follow me now?

Are you ready to pay your debt?"

But I said- with a drop of sweat on my brow,

"I'm sorry, but I'm not quite ready yet."

 

I was with Jesus when He was arrested.

It's then I found out that I had been tested.

 

Jesus asked, Will you follow me now?

Are you ready to pay your debt?"

But I said- with a drop of sweat on my brow,

"I'm sorry, but I'm not quite ready yet."

 

I was with Jesus when He had been judged.

It's then, by Him, I felt I'd been nudged.

 

Jesus asked, Will you follow me now?

Are you ready to pay your debt?"

But I said- with a drop of sweat on my brow,

"I'm sorry, but I'm not quite ready yet."

 

I was with Jesus when He had been whipped.

It's then I found out that I had been skipped.

 

Jesus asked, Will you follow me now?

Are you ready to pay your debt?"

But I said- with a drop of sweat on my brow,

"I'm sorry, but I'm not quite ready yet."

 

I was with Jesus when they took all He had.

It's then that I found out that he wasn't bad.

 

Jesus asked, Will you follow me now?

Are you ready to pay your debt?"

But I said- with a drop of sweat on my brow,

"I'm sorry, but I'm not quite ready yet."

 

I was with Jesus when they nailed Him tight -

It made me just sick just to see such a sight.

 

Jesus asked, Will you follow me now?

Are you ready to pay your debt?"

But I said- with a drop of sweat on my brow,

"I'm sorry, but I'm not quite ready yet."

 

I was with Jesus when He called out to God.

It's then I felt that this all seemed quite odd.

 

Jesus asked, Will you follow me now?

Are you ready to pay your debt?"

But I said- with a drop of sweat on my brow,

"I'm sorry, but I'm not quite ready yet."

 

I was with Jesus when He was sealed in the tomb.

I felt very guilty surrounded by gloom.

 

A voice echoed, "Will you follow me now?

Are you ready to pay your debt?"

But I said- with a drop of sweat on my brow,

"I'm sorry, but I'm not quite ready yet."

 

I was with Jesus when He rose from the dead.

It's then I felt better, much better instead.

 

Jesus asked, Will you follow me now?

Are you ready to pay your debt?"

And I said, while wiping the sweat from my brow,

"Oh yes I am ready!  I'm ready, you bet!"

 

But He said, "Don't bother.  I have in your place."

It's then I learned love and infinite grace.

 

©2016 louis gander


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Submitted: Friday, December 9, 2016

Last Updated: Friday, December 9, 2016

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Born in Richland Center, Wisconsin in 1954. It's the poem's message that matters- not the poet.


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