Stories for Children
(Based on the Bible)
By Kathleen Donavan
Chapter Six - God Cares For You
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Linda and her friend, Caitlin, were playing beneath the oak tree in the yard when they heard Tim calling, "Come on in Linda, we have a letter from Grandmother." Linda smiled, taking Caitlin by the hand, pulling her along as she ran toward the house. Linda delighted in getting mail. She and Caitlin bounced into the kitchen and Tim sat there with the unopened letter in his hand.
"Open it Tim," she said, as she slid into a chair.
Tim opened the letter and started reading;
Dear Tim and Linda,
I got your notes thanking me for the games Papa and I sent, and I must tell you that I appreciate your promptness in letting us know that your package arrived and that you like the gifts. There were so many choices in the store that we were uncertain about the things we finally bought.
Your cousin, Sarah and Jim got to go to the clinic with Aunt Melissa and Uncle Bill to see a sonogram that showed an image of their new baby brother that is due to be born August 1st. The image was shown on a screen like a computer monitor. They were delighted seeing him. He was sucking his thumb and waving the other hand. Sarah talks about his waving at her. I believe that his name will be Joshua Casey, if they don't change their minds. Selecting just the right name for a baby is difficult.. They are both excited about having a new baby brother.
We are looking forward to seeing you when we visit soon.
Take care of yourselves and have a wonderful summer out of school!
Linda asked Tim if she could keep the letter in a box in her room, and he said "okay", so she folded the letter and went into her room with Caitlin. She noticed that Caitlin looked sad and she asked her what was wrong."
As Caitlin looked up, Linda saw tears in her eyes as Caitlin explained that she was saddened because she recently had a baby sister to die during birth.
That's so sad Caitlin, but you know, don't you, that God is taking care of your baby sister.
"I'm not even sure that God knows that she died."
Linda said, "I have a new children's bible that Mom helped me pick out at the book store and I was reading something in it last night that you might want to know." She got her bible and turned to Matthew, the 10th chapter and moved her finger down the page until she came to verse 26 and read: ….."there is nothing concealed that will not be made known, or hidden that will not be made known…….Are two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet, not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the knowledge of your Heavenly Father. And, even the hairs on your head are numbered. So, don't be afraid, you are more valuable than many sparrows."
"Really," Caitlin said, "God must have known when she died, He must know everything about her!"
"I think so," Linda mused," because it was God who made the heavens and the earth and He put us here just like he did the sparrows, so if He cares for little sparrows, surely he cares for babies that die."
"This makes me happy," Caitlin said, "I just wish I could hug God for this."
"We cannot hug God but we can talk to Him and tell Him ‘thank you' for all the good He does for us."
"Do you mean pray like we see them doing in church on television?"
"Yes, anybody can pray, but you can be anywhere, not just in church. Sometimes I pray in my bedroom and sometimes I pray outside sitting on the pasture fence. Sometimes our family all prays together."
"But, I don't know how to pray", Caitlin said.
Linda explained that her Dad had told her to always pray to her Heavenly Father, and ask for His will to be done, because He knows what we need better than we know what we need.
"Oh yes, we must not ask for silly stuff. We must be serious, and we must always pray in the name of Jesus Christ."
"That's a lot to remember, Linda," Caitlin said cautiously.
"Well," my Dad said the most important thing that I should think about when praying is not to get ‘silly' with my requests. Why don't I just pray first and you can hear how it's done. Just remember to be honest and to respect God.
Caitlin said, "Okay, but you pray first."
Linda knelled beside her bed and Caitlin did so, too. Linda closed her eyes to keep from being distracted by anything going on around her. She then prayed very sincerely:
"Our Father in heaven, Caitlin and I are coming to you to thank you for our blessings. Thank you for our parents, our home and our friendship. Help us to have a good summer . In Jesus name I pray."
"Father in heaven, this is Caitlin, and I just want to thank you very much for keeping a close watch over all of us. I am glad that you are keeping my baby sister safe. I hope I can hold her one day. In Jesus name, I pray."
Linda said, "Amen"
"Amen" Caitlin echoed.