- A five-year-old named Sammy who had a tumor growing in his brain. Despite the loving care of a fine doctor and his mother Hannah, Sammy grew steadily worse. Sammy’s mother brought him a tape recorder and some music he could play in the hospital. One of the songs had these words: “Our God is an awesome God. He reigns in heaven above in wisdom, power and love.”
When he first heard these words Sammy said, “You’re kidding Mom! God is awesome?” His mom paused and said, “Sure!” “God is awesome? Does God wear an earring?” “Well,” she said, “he would if he wanted to!” And Sammy said, “Awesome! Wow!”
By the time Sammy was six, he had lost ability to walk or talk or even see. He was in an intensive ward with other children who had lost some of their faculties. However, Sammy could still listen to his tape recorder. He played it quietly, so as not to bother the others.
Then one day when he came to a special song, he turned the volume up, so all the kids in his ward could hear it. The lyrics said: “We declare that the kingdom of God is here! The blind see, the deaf hear, the lame man is walking. Sicknesses flee at his voice. The dead live again and the poor hear the good news Jesus is King, so rejoice!”
After the tape finished, Sammy rewound it, and when it came to that same song, he turned up the volume again so everyone could hear the words. The doctor went over to Sammy and took his hand, saying, “You really believe that, don’t you, kiddo?” Sammy nodded his head vigorously and smiled a big smile. Some time later, Sammy died.
- ("A friend of mine gave me a novel by Daniel Quinn entitled Ishmael. They are written from the imagined perspective of an ape, Ishmael, who is an amazingly intelligent historian of life on planet earth. Ishmael is a thinking, feeling animal, able to vocalize the history of planet earth from a non-human perspective....")