Monday, February 15, 2016
Monday Blog time…
Welcome, all you Valentines…hope ya got a hug & a kiss from someone…and maybe something else sweet, too—CHOCOLATE, maybe? (I love that stuff!)
“Crawl in and sit down, Grandma, but please don’t pull the fort down!!” …that’s what Lily, my nine year old granddaughter said to me, once we had the fort all taped, tied, and weighted down in the playroom, over the weekend.
Lily and H (7) her younger brother, were spending the weekend with grandma and PaPa and as usual, Lily (9 going on 15, ya know what I’m talking about) called me up to the playroom and asked if I would help her build a fort. H and PaPa were into one of their favorite shows, so naturally, as usual, I play the role of “Dr. Watson” in most of Lily’s adventures at our house. I’m pretty sure I’ve never said “no” but twice to Lily (& have no idea when those two times were ?), so the answer was a big “Yes, of course, honey, I’ll be delighted to help you build your fort!”
Okay, let me tell you a little bit about Lily. First, she was named after me, as in Lily Margaret. She’s the first born child (of two children) of my only son. They live here in Atlanta very close to me, where he grew up. Lily is a very blessed child in so many ways, starting with her Mommy and Daddy. As most of you know, my father was anything but a good Daddy…and my Mother lived most of her Life trying to be both Mommy & Daddy to nine children— (Gemme’ a break!!)
The fact that Lily has loving and adoring parents, is only part of her blessings. Her Mommy & Daddy are Christians and are wonderful role models for both Lily and her younger brother, H. Lily is regularly reminded that she is the big sister and must wear that title well, and she knows exactly what that means for the most part, except when she’s stayed up waaaaay too late the night before (which does happen from time to time, nobody’s perfect!!).
Lily’s a great little student, well-liked by her teachers, has many friends and is liked and respected by those peers—both genders! I call her my little “shim” (i.e., She-Him). That kid can climb a tree in a flash, play soft ball, soccer, basketball, piano, sing, dance, paint ‘n draw like Monet’, AND… build an “Inside-Fort” with blankets, sheets & beach towels, better than Donald Trump with brick and mortar! After all that, she can switch roles and don her lovely party dress complete with hair ribbons, polished nails and sequined shoes, for the Daddy/Daughter Dance at school. I tell you all this to make a serious point, which takes us back to the part earlier about Lily’s parents: “they’re Christians”
They’re good people: loving, energetic, fun, work hard in their own businesses and teach their children about Jesus. The bottom line is they’re good role models! Frankly though, I’m most proud of them for their love and devotion to our heavenly Father. Lily and H actually know and can recite “The Golden Rule and The Ten Commandments.”AMEN!!
Now, let’s go back up to the beginning—Here’s the shot: Lily and grandma have finished the fort, which took us about an hour or so to get it really secure, etc.; Lily’s inside (continuing with her instructions for what’s next) and grandma is outside the tent (lying on the floor sweating) dutifully awaiting those further instructions.
Lily begins with: “Crawl in and sit down, Grandma, but please don’t pull the fort down!!” Naturally, I crawled on in, very carefully and she pointed to the corner I was to settle into for the next whatever…She had “created” a small table with a nite-lite for her “Pastor’s Podium”…yep. “Grandma, I was thinking if it’s OK with you, we could have Sunday School in here in the fort tomorrow morning.” I looked over at her and saw that she had her little Bible, her journal and a couple of pencils placed neatly on her little table. I told her I thought that was awesome and she said she would tell PaPa & H so they could also prepare a lesson to discuss,“since we ALL would enjoy it better if we ALL participated, because I have the biggest part since I’m the Pastor and I don’t want anyone to feel left out.” She talks like this without stopping very often, except to take a much-needed breath…sorta like her grandma.
My heart was filled with such Joy to watch and listen to this tiny little fifty-pounder, with her soft, long-dangling naturally curly hair, as she would toss her head side-ways to get it out of her eyes so she could get a better read from the tiny dim 6-watt nite-lite she had created. As I sat there observing her own Joy, I was well-aware of the fact that this little child is precisely what Jesus talks so much about in the Bible…
“At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, ‘Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ He called a child, whom he put among thee, and said, ‘Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.'” – Matthew 18:1-5
“Let the little children come to me and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.” – Luke 18:15-17
The evening continued as PaPa & H were given their lessons to perform along with grandma. Sunday morning came, we all crawled into our Sunday School class and from that moment on, all heaven broke loose! Sweet Jesus was right there with us and the next hour was nothing short of glorious! It went just as Lily had planned it and she was very pleased and bragged on H for his help. What a blessing to behold…and that’s just what it was!!
Out of the mouths and precious hearts of little Children!!
Thank you for a beautiful Sunday School lesson, Pastor Lily and Associate Pastor, H.
GOD is GOOD. GOD is GREAT! Always!!
My prayer for us All this week, is that we will cherish and honor every child who crosses our paths and pay attention to what they mean to Jesus…how important they are to Him and therefore should be to us as well.
I love you,
“Blessed are the children, who walk in the Lord. Blessings and joy shall be theirs. Theirs is the bounty, the fruit of the vine. Theirs is the joy of God’s care.” —Psalm 128