Day: March 28, 2011

Memories

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When Angela, Tiffany and Daniel were young, we used to go get them occasionally and take them to Wintersmith park in the college town about 20 miles away. It was a wonderful park (and still is) where they had monkeys and deer and burros and where the ducks and geese ran wild and you could feed them all.
 
Well, since it was 20 miles and took a little while to get there, I sat in the back of the van with them and we played games to make the trip more pleasurable.
 
One day I was asking them Bible questions. The oldest one, Angela, (age 5) was answering most of them and the middle one, Tiffany, (age 3) didn’t know very many of them of course. The baby, Daniel was only about 2 and of course, he was too young to get involved much in answering them, but he enjoyed it anyway.
 
I could see that Tiffany was getting pretty frustrated at herself not knowing the answers. Finally she put all that frustration into words and said: “I wish I’d brought my Bible!!!”.
 (She couldn’t even read yet. (smile) But she knew where the answers were! They are all grown now and thanks to Wendell and Kathy,  all three of them still “know where the answers are!” :) There are two sets of grandparents who are very proud of them
 

TAKE THE HAND OF A CHILD

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(Written by the little boy in this picture about 38 years later.)

Take the hand of a child…feel the tiny fingers clasp yours. It may be smeared with a popsicle or chocolate candy or ice cream. The hand is probably dirty from playing with a dog or cat. You may notice a band-aid on the finger, or a wart on the thumb. But the hand that you hold is the hand of the future.

Someday that little hand may hold a Bible…and work to proclaim the Word of God; or that little hand may hold a gun…and seek to take the lives and property of others.

Someday that little hand may work diligently…to provide the needs of a family; or that little hand may jerk and tremble uncontrolled, by the mind of a drug addict.

Someday that little hand may reach out to render aid to those who are in need…or simply reach for another bottle to satisfy the torturous cravings of an alcoholic.

Someday that little hand may be a tool of generosity and hospitality…used by a truly committed disciple of Jesus…or a tool of greed and selfish ambition, used to lay up treasures on this earth.

But right now…that little hand is in yours. It is attached to a child who is filled with wonder…whose heart is pure and clean and whose mind is filled with a desire to learn.

What an opportunity! What a responsibility! The question is…What would you do with this little hand? Will you help guide this little hand? And mold this little heart?

Will you work to guide this little child to Jesus? It will take time…it will take sacrifice…it will take diligence. The opportunity is yours! The opportunity is now! And the opportunity is fleeting! Will you take the hand of a child?

By Wendell Ingram

SHARING IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE.

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I pressed ‘share’ on one of my friend’s links this morning…her little eleven year old niece singing Amazing Grace. It is so beautiful and if I had not pressed ‘share’, soon it would have been so far back on her page that I would not have been able to find it.

So much like family life.  If we are following Christ, there’s something good that we have and if we don’t share it with our children while we can…someday, when we are gone, it will be so far back in their past, they are not aware that they can have it too… or maybe just forget it and not interested any more.  What a tragedy!