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“Happy Birthday, Gabriel!”

(This story was first posted on October 24, 2007)

Well, five years ago today, I held Gabriel in my arms for the very first time. For 9 long months Cindy was the only one who got to hold him, but on October 24, 2002, it was my turn. Wow! What a joy he has become to our family. Yes, God still does miracles today!

Last night after wrapping Gabriel’s present, Cindy made the mistake of letting him carry it up the stairs. Along the way, he conveniently and rather sneakily (Is that a word?) poked a hole in one side. Later he came to my office and asked to play with my flashlight. Being too busy to care about a flashlight, I happily turned it over to him and he left the room.

It must have been a guilty conscience, but a few minutes later he sauntered back into my office and returned the flashlight. While putting it back, I asked him what he had been doing. His complexion changed and he started talking rapidly. He told me about the hole and then he told me that he had been using the flashlight to make sure that the hole wasn’t too big. At this point I think he knew that I was suspicious of his motives. He led me out of the office and knelt down by the package. “See, Dad, the hole’s not that big,” he said with a nervous tone. Then, without thinking, he thrust his hand into the side of the package just to prove his point. Well, a great preacher, he may one day become, but a defense lawyer, he is not. As he thrust his hand into the side of that package it kept going until he was up to his elbow in birthday present. Then, in another attempt to cover himself once more, he said, “I don’t really know what it is, Dad. It just feels fuzzy like a teddy bear to me.” (Note: The gift was in fact a stuffed animal.)

Well, to make a long story longer, I cleared a spot on a top shelf, placed the “holy package” on it and then sternly warned him to leave it alone until his birthday. As far as I know, the sneaky little guy made no further attempts to unwrap his birthday present early.

Devotional

What should this little event tell us about this year’s Christmas presents? All I know is that it could be a long, hard December.

Anticipation, do you remember lying awake on Christmas Eve dreaming about the next morning? Do you ever get that excited about Heaven? Sometimes I really want to open that package early. Don’t you?

2 Peter 3:13

“Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.”

Philippians 2:20-21

“For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.”

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OnOurWayToHeavenThe story above was taken from the book, “A Funny Thing Happened On Our Way to Heaven” by Sonny Childs. In the spirit of those chicken soup books, this collection of 52 short stories is sure to inspire.

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A Little Crowded in Bed!

(This family moment was first published in 2007)

Almost every morning, between 3:00 and 6:00 a.m., Cindy and I get a visitor in bed with us. We have always laid down with the boys to put them to bed at night and we have always made room for them when they wake up in the middle of the night. Bryson outgrew the whole climb-in-bed-with-Mom-and-Dad-thing long ago. However, Gabriel, 10 years younger, is just hitting his stride. Each morning, here he comes.

Several years ago, Cindy’s folks gave us a wonderful queen-size bed. We love it. Although we only use a very small portion of the bed, it is nice to know that the extra space is there if we need it. (Not to get too personal, but Cindy and I are snugglers. We are completely unable to relate to couples who, after many years of marriage, end up sleeping in different beds. If Cindy ever develops a snoring problem, I think I’ll just muzzle her, buy some ear plugs and keep on “spooning.” She is a necessary part of my sleeping process. Like Sid, the sloth, from the movie Ice Age 2 would say, “She completes me.”)

Anyway, every morning like clockwork, Gabriel climbs in bed with us. Now you wouldn’t think that a child less than 4 feet tall and weighing less than 50 pounds would require much space. You wouldn’t think that 2 1/2 people would have any trouble fitting on a queen-size bed. Obviously, you have never slept with my son! By the time I get up, little Gabriel has pushed, prodded, squirmed and shoved against Cindy so hard that she has pushed me nearly out of bed. I’m serious! Most mornings I wake up with half my body dangling between Heaven and Earth! I mean, come on! What’s he doing will all that space? If the Lord comes in the early morning hours, it will be easy for me to meet Him in the air ‘cause half of me will already be there!

Devotional

1 Thessalonians 4:15-17 (NIV)

“According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.”

Do you remember the sweet feeling of climbing in bed with your parents? I hope you do. It is a memory that every child deserves to have. Being welcomed into the warm, cuddly embrace of those who love you – ain’t nothin’ like it! If for some reason your parents were not the warm, cuddly type, never fear, your chance could be coming very soon. One day, Jesus will break through the sky. One day He will usher the faithful right into the very presence of God. One day, if you are His, you will feel the very arms of Almighty God draw you to Himself. One day that warm, cuddly, now I can really rest feeling will be yours. Hang in there! Climbing in next to God will surely be worth it all!

Note: Sharing these Sonny Day Devos is a great way to open doors for conversations about God and His values. Just follow these simple steps:

Print it off!
Pin it up!
Pass it out!
Prepare for conversation!

OnOurWayToHeavenThe story above was taken from the book, “A Funny Thing Happened On Our Way to Heaven” by Sonny Childs. In the spirit of those chicken soup books, this collection of 52 short stories is sure to inspire.

To purchase your copy, use the buy now button below.



Startled by God!

All of a sudden, out of nowhere, Cindy sucked in her breath and exclaimed “Do you see that?!” Startled by her reaction, I glanced around in a panic. We were approaching a busy intersection and I fully expected to see another vehicle about to hit us.

I followed Cindy’s finger as she excitedly pointed out the window. Thankfully, I discovered that her startled look came not from an Continue reading Startled by God!

Blinded by the Light

One of the greatest joys of my ministry is traveling the country with young people who seek a deeper relationship with Jesus.

Some time ago, I was blessed to speak several times at the Bayou Jacque Church of Christ in south central Louisiana. After teaching the adult class, preaching the morning sermon, and stuffing myself at Continue reading Blinded by the Light

“P-I-G – F-L-E-A – I-T”

The game is called “P-I-G – F-L-E-A – I-T.” It’s similar to “H-O-R-S-E” only with a unique, Gabriel-like flare.

The family and I were having one of those no good, very bad days. You know, the kind that features a full-blown rain cloud hovering overhead and the haunting sound of Eeyore’s voice resonating through every decision you make. With shoulders sagging and Continue reading “P-I-G – F-L-E-A – I-T”

The Ugly Dress

It was obvious I had made the wrong comment almost from the moment the words left my mouth. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

Before telling you my story, there are three important details you must understand:

  1. I love her very much, but she’s only been part of the family for 8 months.
  1. I’ve never had a daughter before.
  1. It was Halloween, a detail to which I should have given a lot more consideration.

Here’s what happened… Continue reading The Ugly Dress

All Tucked In

It was Sunday morning, the first day of a meeting in New Albany, Indiana.  During the song service, Cindy whispered to me that our five-year-old, Gabriel, needed to go to the restroom.  Since there would be several minutes before I would be introduced to speak, I volunteered to take him out.  We both took advantage of our visit to the restroom, then returned to our seats.

Several minutes later, I was ushered onto the stage. In keeping with the traditionally correct standards of most churches, it has always been my custom to wear a suit jacket on Sunday morning and for at Continue reading All Tucked In

If Chickens Could Talk

It was a beautiful spring day! The front door was left open to enjoy the breeze. I was in my office at one end of the house while Gabriel and his grandmother were mixing up homemade bread in the kitchen at the other end. The sun was shining brightly, the enticing aroma wafted on the breeze, and all things seemed right with the world.

Then it happened!

All of a sudden, the distant squawking of a panicked chicken grew rapidly in volume until, in just a matter of seconds, it seemed like I Continue reading If Chickens Could Talk