The Path

Beside the river, I’d hear Him say your sins are cleansed, washed away,

Your place in life’s book has been entered and saved,

Will be opened and shone on the appointed day.


Your life now over will be read and portrayed,

For all to see the decisions you’d made,

From the moment conceived until that final day,

It all will be shown every moment displayed.


But that’s not salvation as good deeds are weighed

Knowing the truth and how you are saved

Is about understanding and your faith as portrayed,

Upon a scale called Calvary.


The blood of the Lamb falls upon the stones,

Dragged across rubble pierced through the soul,

It’s a simply request we all have known,

But thought we knew better than the One who had shown,

The path that leads to salvation.


The walk you will take when the time reaches night,

The moment you’ll wither or stand tall, upright,

That last encounter when the King finally calls

And reads out your name that’s then placed on the wall.


Come wake now anointed and seek life’s full truth,

The door that is opened and asks you to walk through,

The soil on your hands will either remain,

Or be washed clean from wrongs in the path you did take.


There’s no turning back now your names in the book,

This place you have earned based on roads you once took,

Your travels have led you to a point where you’ll stay,

This is your last moment, your one final day.


So, did or didn’t you keep on the straight path,

Realizes the Kings Son was your final last step,

Know that through him you’d find your way home,

Or did you stay lost in the dark and alone.


Johnny Johnston
Johnny Johnston
An artist/writer as well as graduate of the University of South Carolina with degrees in journalism/20th Century American Literature, and retired senior executive of several international hotel/resort corporations, Johnny is the product of the south having been raised in the ever-changing transient lifestyle of a Carolina coastal resort. A point where he discovered, within his 300-year-old heritage and the world's dramatic social/cultural shifts during the late '60s to early 80’s an ambitious hunger and overwhelming curiosity to touch, see and become a participant in the virtually unlimited possibilities offered to those who wish for and seek life experiences. A journey which when hearing its details initially makes one a bit skeptical, questioning its validity as it is hard to imagine that incidents such as these may have crossed one man’s lifetime. This is the fodder required to step into zones exposing one's personal inner self, which many of his paintings and the words he writes do, openly. An ability to see and hear the tragic, beautiful, accomplished, exciting journey in a life free of inhibitions allowing others the opportunity to live vicariously and become, through his works, a part of its future. His larger works which have been featured in several Colorado and Fredericksburg Texas galleries and resorts have produced a number of collectors and fans. However, over the years, his paintings are mostly viewed by friends, enthusiastic new artist encountered on the streets or a small number of acquaintances he meets when dining in local cafés with his wife.

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  1. Johnny, I am thankful for your absolutely wonderful and moving story put to poetry.

    It is a wonderful testimony to acknowledge your message, and yet, at the same time makes us think of our present day standing.

    Psalms’ 16:11 NKJV – You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

    Psalms 119:105 NKJV) Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

    • Jonathan thank you so much. You are right on target when so many today are drowning in secular ideologies that so clearly miss the truth behind ancient words from 2000+ years ago. The scriptures are so exact and clear it amazes me how blind society is in recognizing the prophesied accuracy revealed in the Word.

    • I truly enjoyed reading and re-reading the message in your poem. It has life’s full meaning embroidered into your poetry. You are blessed…. stay blessed.

    • Wow, I’m humbled Len. You can use it as you wish. Have really had a writers block lately and hope after this one I’ll shake out of it. Hope you and your family are well.

    • Thanks – I understand – I haven’t written in a while, either. Just juggling too many things. Hope this helps us both. Hope you and yours are well.