A special young family lives across the street from us, complete with four boys (with a capital B!) and one tiny little blond Princess. These kids are a joy to watch, with the boys playing basketball in the driveway with their dad or having snowball battles, when snow is available, or water fights when warm weather is around. And the littlest Angel is hilarious running up and down, following her big brothers with their kites or whatever their boy-toys happen to be that day. Little sister’s legs run so fast in pursuit that her tiny body has trouble keeping up with her feet.
I was sweeping the garage the other day and noticed mom walking out to fetch the emptied trash container from the curb and, of course, here comes the Angel to help. She and her mother both grasped the handle but I swear, Angel hung from the handle, both feet churning a foot above the ground, as she pulled with all her might! (Only a slight exaggeration.)
Did I say that I love kids?
Now both Susan and I have agreed that we do not celebrate traditional Halloween, Christmas or Easter. But we celebrate kids. We try to think of nice things we can do for kids, whether the ones across the street or my own grandkids (the younger ones) or Sue’s niece’s sons, at various times throughout the year other than those three holidays.
Kids are a joy—most of the time. I enjoy watching them and even teasing them and laughing with them from time to time. Maybe my love of kids is, really, the heart of Jesus loving them through me. Heck fire, without Jesus I’d be just a Grinchy grumpy old hermit!
The apostles rebuked parents once who had brought the little children to Jesus. Here’s what Jesus told them:
Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them. (Matthew 19:13, KJV.)
But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. (Mark 10:14-15, KJV.)
So, what will we do this Halloween for the kids across the street? Nothing! Nothing, that is, on Saturday, October 31–Halloween day! But we will probably give them a bag of candy treats earlier that week and let them know that Jesus sent it because He loves them.
And with this brief note we send chocolate candy from our heart to you, also, because Jesus loves you more than you could know.
Because of our Lord Jesus,
Carl and Susan Peters