A Verse Hid in Our Heart…L is for…
“Let me dwell in your tent forever! Let me take refuge under the shelter of your wings.” Psalm 61:4
A Hymn to Impart…“Praise to the Lord”
A Sweet Little Prayer…“Morning Hymn”
A Poem to Share…“Who Stole the Bird’s Nest”
How Our Week Was Spent
We played bird school and Pete the Parrot was the teacher and he really talks because he has batteries inside him. We have real parrots here too. They are green. They don’t talk (Nate, 6).
We learned about eggs and how their shells are really strong. We held them and squeezed them as hard as we could but they didn’t break. Only if part of it gets hit they will break (Titus, 9 1/2).
Mom gave us fake eggs and told us to crack them open. There was a gummy egg inside that looked just like a raw egg and we ate them and mine had 2 yolks!” (Joel, 8)
“Birds of a feather flock together.” And little boys of very different feathers will flock together, too, especially when on holiday in Hawaii.
The start of holiday season marks an upswing in the tourist season here in Hawaii and we’ve had more families than ever before fill the vacation rentals around us. Families from Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan, Canada and from all over the United States. There has been an army of little boys from all over the world around our place lately. They may not all speak English very well and they may not all like the same foods but I haven’t met one yet that doesn’t love playing in the water, climbing trees, catching geckos and chasing each other around with sticks. And they ALL love Legos! It’s been a delight to watch my boys making friends so quickly with these visitors and just as quickly finding out the fun things they have in common. This past week they were especially excited to report that one of these new friends was a Christian! Last year there was a family visiting from Canada with 3 boys and 5 minutes into their new friendship they were rejoicing in their shared faith. They were inseparable during their stay here and have all kept in close contact since then. So this is only the second time since we’ve moved here that one of their new friends has been a like minded believer. And, oh the thrill when they discover that fact! It’s an instant bond. It’s more than a holiday friendship. It’s an eternal, everlasting, unbreakable brotherhood and I’m so thankful that even at their young age my boys are able to recognize how special it is to flock together with others of the same “feather.” It’s called fellowship and it goes beyond the boyhood games they so enjoy with their other buddies. And frankly it makes me ashamed of myself. How often in the supermarket or on the airplane or out and about in the community have I met other Christians and regarded that knowledge in the same way I would as if we were from the same state or attended the same college. We have the same Father, folks! That’s a really big deal! “So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit”(Ephesians 2:19-22). Happy Thanksgiving to all you dear co-heirs! I am so thankful for each one of you!