“And forgive us our sins
as we also forgive those who have sinned against us.”
~Matthew 6:7-9 (NCV)~
David and I watch a Bill Gathier program about George Beverly Shea. It was wonderful and so inspiring to hear him sing at age 95. I hope some of you got to see the program too. That program was like “icing on the cake” because I had read the following article earlier in the day. May people will be in heaven because of the unselfish ministry of Billy Graham, George Beverly Shea, and Cliff Barrows. May each of us use our opportunities to share the “Good News” in our part of the world.
Billy Graham’s Advice to Christians
This devotional reminds many of us of the years when our children were growing up. Now, we get emails that say “I love you”, phone calls that end with “Love you”, etc. Each one is like a precious gift wrapped in gold!
THE GOLD BOX
The following article came to me author unknown:
“We often learn the most from our children. Some time ago a friend of mine punished his 3-year-old daughter for wasting a roll of gold wrapping paper. Money was tight, and he became infuriated when the child tried to decorate a box to put under the tree. Nevertheless, the little girl brought the gift to her father the next morning and said, ‘This is for you, Daddy.’
“He was embarrassed by his earlier over-reaction, but his anger flared again when he found that the box was empty. He yelled at her, ‘Don’t you know that when you give someone a present, there’s supposed to be something inside of it?’ The little girl looked up at him with tears in her eyes and said, ‘Oh Daddy, it’s not empty. I blew kisses into the box. All for you, Daddy.’
“The father was crushed. He put his arms around his little girl, and he begged her forgiveness. My friend told me that he kept that gold box by his bed for years. Whenever he was discouraged, he would take out an imaginary kiss and remember the love of the child who had put it there. In a very real sense, each of us as parents has been given a gold container filled with unconditional love and kisses from our children. There is no more precious possession anyone could hold.”
Though my children are now all grown and out of the house, I cringe when I think of the times I may have done something similar while raising them. Between all the occasions for fussing and discipline, I needed an occasional reminder to stop and remember what a treasure my children are (all three of them!) and how thankful I am to God for blessing me through them.
“Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb is His reward.” (Psalm 127:3)
May those of you who are parents truly treasure your children as a blessing from God, and may all of us show our heavenly Father the love and adoration that He is due from His children.
Have a great day!
Helen Street Church of Christ
Fayetteville, North Carolina
There are many who are sick and many who are grieving. There are also many who are rejoicing for various reasons. Make your prayer list today to pray for those in your world.
The sunset last night was as beautiful as the sunrise this morning. Get out and enjoy a little of this beautiful day God has blessed us with. Then, do a deed that will bless someone else.