Sunday, April 19, 2009

If Jesus Came to My House



While we're on a religious theme, I'll share this book as well. I'll be honest, most religious books for children turn me off, usually because the illustrations are poorly done or the writing is too saccharine. But this one is actually very cute and I like the sentiment as well.
In this book, a young boy imagines what it would be like if Jesus came to his house as a young boy his own age.

"If Jesus came to my house and knocked upon the door, I'm sure I'd be more happy than I've ever been before.
If Jesus came to my house, I'd like him best to be, about the age that I am, and about the height of me.
I'd run downstairs to meet him, the door I'd open wide, and I would say to Jesus, 'Oh won't you come inside?'



I'd offer him my rocking chair, it's such a comfy seat, and at the pleasant fireplace, He'd warm His little feet.
My kitten and my puppy dog would sit beside his chair, and they would be as pleased as I at seeing Jesus there.
Then I would put the kettle on to make a cup of tea, and we would be as happy and as friendly as could be.



I'd show him all the places that are nicest in the house, the hole behind the stairs, where I pretend that I'm a mouse.
The little window up above where I can stand and see the people passing down below and yet they can't see me.
And then I think I'd show Him the corner in the hall, where I'm sometimes frightened by the shadows on the wall.
I always have to hurry when I'm going past at night, but hand in hand with Jesus I'd be perfectly all right.



I'd show him round the garden and ask Him please to bless, the seeds that I have planted, the peas and watercress.
And if the flowers I'd planted were blooming on that day, I'd pick a bunch of all the best, for Him to take away.
Then while He held the basket I would gather two or three of the ripest rosy apples from my special apple tree.
And all the little birds would come and twitter up above, for joy at seeing Jesus in the garden that they love.



And then we'd play with all my toys, my nicest toys of course, and He should have the longest ride upon my rocking horse.
And with my bricks I'd build for him a palace of His own, and He should be the little King and sit upon the throne.
And when we'd done we'd stack the toys all neatly on the shelf, but first I'd let Him choose the best and keep them for Himself.



And when at last the day was done and shadows crossed the sky, I'd see Him to the garden gate and there we'd say good-bye, And He'd perhaps say, "Thank you for a lovely afternoon," and I would say, "I do hope you'll come back very soon."
And then He'd smile and wave good-bye, and so would end our day, but all the house would seem to smile because He'd been our way.

I know the little Jesus can never call on me in the way that I've imagined, like coming in to tea.
But I can go to His house and kneel and say a prayer, and I can sing and worship Him and talk with Him in there.
And though He may not occupy my cozy rocking chair, a lot of other people would be happy sitting there.
And I can make Him welcome as He Himself has said, by doing all I would for Him for other folk instead.

30 comments:

Anonymous said...

It was lovely reading this book again! I had it when I was little, and remember the rhymes and pictures, especially the shadows by the clock in the hall!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for publishing this online. I grew up with this book and I really wanted to read it today. I read it to my husband who may be going to heaven very soon. We are reminded of how much of a friend Jesus has been to us all of our lives.

Anonymous said...

I so loved this book as a child, I read it over and over again, imagining that Jesus was my friend. He has always been my best friend. This is the only book I treasure from my childhood and wish I still had it. I remember the hard cream cover and the illustrations, some I was a little scared of but I loved it so much.

Anonymous said...

Thankyou to the person who put this on the web. Out of curiosity I Googled "If Jesus Came to My House, book" because I really wanted to see if anyone else knew the story I had learned to read with at the age of 2 back in 1944, It is also the story my Sister had learned to read with at the same age -- that was back in 1939. The copy we had for so many years before it disappeared was a Wartime (WW2) edition which said something about the lack of available paper at the time and that for that reason it was being printed on recycled paper. I do not remember what year the Author Joan Gale wrote this beautiful poem but information on the Web that states it was first published in 1951 is incorrect being as our copy was dated during the opening months of WW2 of1939. Thankyou again to the person who put this little beautiful story up on the web, you brought back happy memories.

Anonymous said...

I, too, Googled this title because it's been in my head for days. And there it was! In the text I remember so well. Thank you for posting this wonderful piece. I am blessed at having read it again today.

Anonymous said...

Amazing! I had the experience of others! I awoke this morning with this poem on my mind. I majority of it was memorized as a child. I came to the web hoping to find and was happy to find it. I had forgotten it was a book, but immediatly remembered the pictures. Thanks so much!!! God Bless!

Anonymous said...

Another one down memory lane. Its simplicity and truth is so relevant still. Oh that todays children would also enjoy it too. Once sown in the mind never forgotten.

Anonymous said...

This was favorite book of mine, as a child in the 60's. My younger brother had died and this tale gave me comfort. I used to think that if jesus left heaven and could visit this boy than maybe my brother could do the same and visit me. My immature view of death eventually matured to a more realistic understanding. Thank goodness for this gift at the time when a young, confused little girl needed it most.

Karen said...

You are an Angel for posting this book online!
It was my favorite as a child and I wanted to share it with my grand nephew (age 4). I much prefer the original illustrations to the newer, colored version.
Today was a sweet if teary trip down "Memory Lane".

Thank you, Dear - Thank you so much!

Anonymous said...

A favorite Aunt of mine gave me the book in the late fifties(?). I think I read it to death, as I don't have it now, and it was not in my mother's things. I would like to get a copy of the original so I could read it to my ten-year-old.
It was so much more positive than the other poem.

Anonymous said...

Even as an adult~this is one of my favorite books ever.
I have given a copy to each of my grandchildren. It reminds us to treat each other~just the way you would treat Jesus~<3 Really a lovely message & keepsake book.
Thank you sharing it on line.

Anonymous said...

At the tender age of 65 - how I wish I still had this book - one of my favourites as a child. On a whim I punched in the first line and am utterly amazed that there are others like myself who remember this treasured book!
I hope that my Grandsons will get the same enjoyment from reading it!

Anonymous said...

My grandson is going to be dedicated into the church this month (he's a year old) and I am going to give him my copy of this wonderful book, first given to me and my sister (we're twins) as little girls.

Anonymous said...

I am so happy to see this! This book has a special place in my heart. My copy is from 1955, incribed as a birthday present to an older brother. My sister had the book and gave it to me some years back. I cried and cried when I opened the present. Now I am going to buy a copy to give to a lovely couple who just had their first baby>

Anonymous said...

What a splendid idea. The headline in my Guardian today is:
'What would people do if the Messiah did show up' and immediately the first few lines of this book came into my head. I googled and there you were. I'm 70 so this has been in there for some time. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Like many other readers, I had this book when I was a little girl in the 1950's and recently I have been repeating the lines that I knew.Tonight, I thought maybe I would find it so I did my search. I am so greatful to you for having published this book. I would love to get a copy for my granddaughter.

Anonymous said...

Today I was telling my grandchildren about the beautiful story I used to read as a child "If Jesus Came To My House". I decided to try and find it on the internet and was so excited that it was there, so was able to read it to them, it was exactly the same pictures and words as my book, so beautiful. Thank you for putting it there for us to read again.

Anonymous said...

I had this book when I was a child and still remember it word for word.
I still have the book and I'm 62 years old.
When I'm feeling a bit down or I'm worried about something I recite the words and it makes me feel better just thinking about this little book. Love it!

Portable Graffiti said...

I'm 62 also and I still have this book from when I was a child. Just checked on line and it is going for $100 used but as much as I need money I think I'll keep it.

Anonymous said...

I am 62 years old and while I was out walking a few days ago, out of the blue the line "If Jesus came to my house...." popped into my head. I cannot imagine why, but I remembered being very young in the 50s and having either a book of this, or part of it in a collection. I'm so happy I could satisfy my curiosity here. Thanks for posting!

Anonymous said...

Surprised to find this book here. I am sure we still have it somewhere and I remember reading it to little ones many years ago. The phrase was in my mind 'If Jesus came to my house' and I looked it up to see if it was still around. A nice sentiment and I so wish youngsters today would be given the chance to know of Him.He has been my best friend for 55 years!

Anonymous said...

My Mum who has dementia has just been reading this out loud to me as it was her party piece as a child. She is carrying the original book around with her! Lovely.

ringulsrud said...

Did you see the new version of this book that just came out?

http://www.amazon.com/Jesus-Came-House-reillustrated-Harperblessings/dp/0060839422

- Ruth Gilmore Ingulsrud
Teacher/Author/Librarian
BelovedofBeasts.com

Anonymous said...

A book that I'd had as a child, came back to mind today
I looked it up an smiled..it affected me that way

Anonymous said...

Love the above comment --- I did the same, though not with the lovely rhyme. I am going to share this in Children's Church tomorrow. Thanks so much.

Anonymous said...

I had this book when 2/3yrs old & loved it but moving it must have got lost....when my son was little I searched in the library but to no avail....then back in 2007 a good friend of my mine googled it....found it I was over the moon...I now have one...gave one to my son & one to my grandson....Such a beautiful poem...

Anonymous said...

was wondering if this beautiful book was still in printand after googling it found it just as I remember it from my childhood. I'm now 71 and still remember it word for word. My copy which I had for years and read to my children, disappeared, probably taken to school for "show and tell" never to be seen again
Thank you for putting it online for me to enjoy again.

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for sharing this book! I'm sure I have my copy somewhere but can't find it - so great to find the lovely words and exquisite illustrations here. The feeling of reassurance in the story, and restoration of an old friend book, makes me very happy!

Chris Lo Bao said...

I just found my copy from 1959 in the loft. I read it to my young grandson`s.
A wonderful book, full of memories from a happy childhood. I`m now in my 60`s .
My copy was given to me by my Godmother ,who worked in the S.P.C.K. bookshop.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for putting this beautiful book on the Web. I remember my mother reading it to my sisters and me in the 1950's. I can still hear her voice.The illustrations and the rhymes are truly wonderful.