Matthew 11:25 At that time Jesus said, "I
praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden
these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little
children. 26Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure.
The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the
goat, the calf and the lion and the yearlingA together; and a little
child will lead them.
Mark 10:15 I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive
the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it." 16And
he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed
Genesis 48:10 Now Israel's eyes were failing because of old
age, and he could hardly see. So Joseph brought his sons close to him,
and his father kissed them and embraced them. 11 Israel said to Joseph,
"I never expected to see your face again, and now God has allowed
me to see your children too."
John 6:9 "Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small
fish, but how far will they go among so many?"
These little stories have been sent to us
Author and lecturer Leo Buscaglia once
talked about a contest he was asked to judge. The purpose of the
contest was to find the most caring child. The winner was a
four year old child whose next door neighbor was an elderly
gentleman who had recently lost his wife. Upon seeing the man cry,
the little boy went into the old gentleman's yard, climbed onto
his lap, and just sat there. When his mother asked him what he had
said to the neighbor, the little boy said, Nothing, I just helped
Teacher Debbie Moon's first graders were discussing a picture of a
family. One little boy in the picture had a different color hair
than the other family members. One child suggested that he was
adopted and a little girl said, "I know all about adoptions
because I was adopted." "What does it mean to be
adopted?" asked another child. "It means," said the
girl, "that you grew in your mommy's heart instead of her
A four year old was at the pediatrician for a check up. As the
doctor looked down her ears with an otoscope, he asked, "Do
you think I'll find Big Bird in here?" The little girl stayed
silent. Next, the doctor took a tongue depressor and looked down
her throat. He asked, "Do you think I'll find the Cookie
Monster down there?" Again, the little girl was silent. Then
the doctor put a stethoscope to her chest. As he listened to her
heart beat, he asked, "Do you think I'll hear Barney in
there?" "Oh, no!" the little girl replied.
"Jesus is in my heart. Barney's on my underpants."
Whenever I'm disappointed with my spot in my life, I stop and
think about little Jamie Scott. Jamie was trying out for a part in
a school play. His mother told me that he'd set his heart on being
in it, though she feared he would not be chosen. On the day the
parts were awarded, I went with her to collect him after school.
Jamie rushed up to her, eyes shining with pride and excitement.
"Guess what Mom," he shouted, and then said those words
that will remain a lesson to me: "I've been chosen to clap
A lesson in "heart" is my little, 10 year old daughter,
Sarah, who was born with a muscle missing in her foot and wears a
brace all the time. She came home one beautiful spring day to tell
me she had competed in "field day" - that's where they
have lots of races and other competitive events. Because of her
leg support, my mind raced I tried to think of encouragement for
my Sarah, things I could say to her about not letting this get her
down - but before I could a get a word out, she said "Daddy,
I won two of the races!" I couldn't believe it! And then
Sarah said, "I had an advantage." Ah. I knew it. I
thought she must have been given a head >start...some kind of
physical advantage. But again, before I could say anything, she
said, "Daddy, I didn't get a head start...My advantage was I
had to try harder!"
An Eye Witness Account from New York City, on a cold day in
December: A little boy about 10 years old was standing
before a shoe store on the roadway, barefooted, peering through
the window, and shivering with cold. A lady approached the boy and
said, "My little fellow, why are you looking so earnestly in
that window?" "I was asking God to give me a pair of
shoes," was the boy's reply. The lady took him by the hand
and went into the store and asked the clerk to get half a dozen
pairs of socks for the boy. She then asked if he could give her a
basin of water and a towel. He quickly brought them to her. She
took the little fellow to the back part of the store and, removing
her gloves, knelt down, washed his little feet, and dried them
with a towel. By this time the clerk had returned with the socks.
Placing a pair upon the boy's feet, she purchased him a pair
of shoes. She tied up the remaining pairs of socks and gave them
to him. She patted him on the head and said, "No doubt, my
little fellow, you feel more comfortable now?" As she turned
to go, the astonished lad caught her by the hand, and
looking up in her face, with tears in his eyes, answered the
question with these "Are you God's Wife?"
There is nothing more to add.
Thank You, Virginia, for sharing these
stories with us.