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The little boy who knew that Johnny Cash was going to be in church with him



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Cash – the Autobiography of Johnny Cash

I was walking down 57th Street with June one Sunday morning when we happened on the First Baptist Church of New York, which we hadn't noticed before because its entrance doesn't look like a church's.

We saw from a sign outside that services were just about to start, so we went in, and the strangest thing happened. The congregation was seated as we entered, but about halfway down the aisle a young boy was turned around watching the door.

He saw us, immediately jumped up, and yelled, JOHNNY CASH!! Johnny Cash has come to church with me!’

As it happened, the only free seats were right next to him and his parents, so we took them, and that's when we saw that the boy was mentally handicapped.

He was so excited. 'I told you!’ he kept saying to his parents. 'I told you he was coming!'

The preacher came over and explained to us that, yes, the boy had told his parents, and the whole congregation, repeatedly that I was going to walk into that church, sit down beside him, and worship with him. And that's what I did.

Being next to him was such a pleasure. He was so happy. When the service was over, we walked down to the corner with him and his parents, and they filled in the story.

They were Jewish, they said, but their son had decided to become a Christian after listening to some of my gospel recordings. That’s why they were in a Christian church on a Sunday morning.

They were in that particular Christian church because that's where he knew I was going to walk in the door.

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