The Miracle

The Miracle

When a young child dies, we are advised not to tell the parents we know how they feel because the depth of their anguish is something we can’t really imagine. I do know how they feel, if not for the months and years to come, at least for that crushing moment when they realize their child is gone. I have always had a hard time talking about the day thirty-five years ago when my sister’s home, next door to mine, was consumed by fire. My sister was gone somewhere, as was my father who lived on the other side of me. In my own home, there was a lot of confusion because relatives were there with a new baby and my father-in-law had also shown up unannounced. In the midst of all that confusion, my sister returned to her home and found it in flames. At that point, we immediately began to search for our six-year-old son. We could not locate him. My sister never locked her door and our little boy habitually ran in and out of all three houses lined up on our street as if they were all his own. We immediately feared he was in the burning house. My husband and my sister’s husband risked their lives trying to get inside but could not. By the

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Grandfather’s Table

Grandfather’s Table

A frail old man went to live with his son, daughter-in-law and four-year-old grandson. The old man’s hands trembled, his eyesight was blurred, and his step faltered. The family ate together at the table, but the elderly grandfather’s shaky hands and failing sight made eating difficult. Peas rolled off his spoon onto the floor. When he grasped the glass, milk spilled on the tablecloth. The son and daughter-in-law became irritated at the mess. “We must do something about grandfather,” said the son. “I’ve had enough of his spilled milk, noisy eating, and food on the floor.” So the husband and wife set a small table in the corner. There Grandfather ate alone while the rest of the family enjoyed dinner. Since grandfather had broken a dish or two, his food was served in a wooden bowl. When the family glanced in grandfather’s direction, he sometimes had a tear in his eye as he sat alone. Still, the only words the couple had for him were sharp admonitions when he dropped a fork or spilled food. Their four-year-old watched it all in silence. One evening before supper, the father noticed his son playing with wood scraps on the floor. He asked the child sweetly, “What are you making?” Just as sweetly the boy responded, “Oh, I am making a little bowl

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The Boy and the Tree

The Boy and the Tree

A long time ago, there was a huge apple tree. A little boy loved to come and play around it every day. He climbed to the treetop, ate the apples, and took a nap under the shadow. He loved the tree and the tree loved to play with him. Time went by, the little boy had grown up and he no longer played around the tree every day. One day, the boy came back to the tree and he looked sad. “Come and play with me”, the tree asked the boy. Boy: “I am no longer a kid, I do not play around trees any more” the boy replied. “I want toys. I need money to buy them.” Tree: “Sorry, but I do not have money, but you can pick all my apples and sell them. So, you will have money.” The boy was so excited. He grabbed all the apples on the tree and left happily. The boy never came back after he picked the apples. The tree was sad. One day, the boy who now turned into a man returned and the tree was excited. “Come and play with me,” the tree said. “I do not have time to play. I have to work for my family. We need a house for shelter. Can you help me?” “Sorry,

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Prints of Elbows on My Bed

Prints of Elbows on My Bed

I was but a youth and thoughtless, As all youths are apt to be; Though I had a Christian mother Who had taught me carefully.   There came a time when pleasure Of the world came to allure, And I no more sought the guidance Of her love so good and pure.   Her tender admonitions fell But lightly on my ear, And for the gentle warnings I felt an inward sneer.   But Mother would not yield her boy To Satan’s sinful sway, And though I spurned her counsel She knew a better way.   She made my room an altar, A place of secret prayer, And there she took her burden And left it in His care.   And morning, noon and evening By that humble bedside low, She sought the aid of Him who Understands a mother’s woe.   And I went my way unheeding, Careless of the life I led, Until one day I noticed Prints of elbows on my bed.   Then I saw that she had been there Praying for her wayward boy, Who for love of worldly pleasure Would her peace of mind destroy.   Long the conflict raged within me, Sin against my Mother’s prayers, Sin must yield – for Mother never While she daily met Him there.   And her constant

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Pearls

Pearls

The cheerful girl with bouncy golden curls was almost five. Waiting with her mother at the checkout stand, she saw them: a circle of glistening white pearls in a pink foil box. “Oh please, Mommy, can I have them? Please, Mommy, please?” Quickly the mother checked the back of the little foil box and then looked back into the pleading blue eyes of her little girl’s upturned face. “A dollar ninety-five. That’s almost $2.00. If you really want them, I’ll think of some extra chores for you and in no time you can save enough money to buy them for yourself. Your birthday’s only a week away and you might get another crisp dollar bill from Grandma.” As soon as Jenny got home, she emptied her penny bank and counted out 17 pennies. After dinner, she did more than her share of chores and she went to the neighbour and asked Mrs. McJames if she could pick dandelions for ten cents. On her birthday, Grandma did give her another new dollar bill and at last she had enough money to buy the necklace. Jenny loved her pearls. They made her feel dressed up and grown up. She wore them everywhere-Sunday school, kindergarten, even to bed. The only time she took them off was when she went swimming or had a

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How to Pray For Your Child

How to Pray For Your Child

1. Pray NOTHING hinders your child from accepting Christ as his/her personal Saviour early in life. (Matthew 19:14) 2. Pray your child learns to know God and will have a deep desire to do God’s will for his/her life. (Psalms 119:27,30,34,35). 3. Pray your child hears stories from the Bible that will be a basis for his/her decisions throughout life. (Ecclesiastes 12:1, Psalms 71:17). 4. Pray your child will develop a keen sense of right and wrong and that he/she will truly abhor evil and cling to that which is good. (Psalms 139:23-4). 5. Pray your child will increase in wisdom (mentally) and in stature (physically) and in favour with God (spiritually) and man (socially). (Luke 2:52). This prayer covers his/her total development to his/her full potential. 6. Pray that your child will develop a thankful heart and a positive mental attitude. (Psalm 126:2-3, Romans 8:31) 7. Pray that God protects your child from Satan and his/her wiles in every area of his/her life. (John 17:55, Psalm 121) 8. Pray that God would destroy the enemies in his/her life whether they be weaknesses, lying, selfishness etc. (Psalms 120:2; 140). 9. Pray that God would make him/her successful in the work God has for him/her to do. (Psalm 118:25, 139:9-10) 10. Pray he/she have a strong sense of belonging to a

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