Notes from Jan

Dear God

January 16, 2017

My friend, Judy, forwarded some humorous quotes to our book group this morning,  reminding me of a fun book I hung on to after Jud and I trimmed our library in 2011.  Refreshing to read the honest prayers of children in their letters to God.

When life leaves one feeling more like crying than laughing, maybe one of these excerpts will add a smile, give perspective  in a week bookended by a day celebrating Martin Luther King  Jr.’s legacy and the inauguration of Donald Trump.

Dear God, “I bet it is very hard for you to love all of every body in the whole world.  There are only 4 people in our family and I can never do it.” Nan

Dear God, Maybe Cain and Abel would not kill each other so much if they had their own rooms.  It works with my brother.”  Larry

Dear God, Thank you for the baby brother but what I prayed for was a puppy.”  Joyce

For all who didn’t get what you prayed for, what would you write in your letter to God?

My attempt’s too full of questions and a niggling thought to be funny.

Dear God, What’s my puppy?  Who’s my baby brother?   I find myself thinking about what Tim  Keller wrote in Hidden Christmas, “The manger at Christmas means that, if you live like Jesus, there won’t be room for you in a lot of inns.” What will that look like in this coming year? Thanks for wrapping your arms around both bookends.  Sundays do that.  Jan



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  • Reply Dale Lefever January 16, 2017 at 8:59 pm

    Thanks Jan. Kids not only ask candid questions, but often those we think about, but are afraid to ask.

    Blessings, Dale

  • Reply wendy lane January 18, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    So thankful we can ask our heavenly Father ANYTHING. I do confess wishing He would answer a little more clearly often times though. It’s key to THANK for the baby brother when we ask why we didn’t get the puppy. 🙂 That is a great quote from Tim Keller. Truth.
    Love you!

  • Reply Nancy Sheys January 21, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    I love children and to listen closely to what they say. It often lifts my spirit and adds a smile to my day.

    Years ago I remember listening in to my young nephew talking to his younger sister. It went something like this: Ricky standing there in full cowboy garb says, Hey Deborah, let’s play cowboys. You be Mary and I’ll be Joseph. (He is in his 50’s now and I just might remind him of that conversation that still looks brings a smile !)

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