Sunday, July 8, 2012

~THOUGHTS ON A SUNDAY MORNING--What Do We Tell Our Children?"

~MY CHILDREN~
(a long time ago...1986/87 or so)

As many of you who follow my blog know for the past 16 months my Mr. AGPMan has been face-deep in an advanced degree program.  Come this November he will finally finish the course he began when we were both very young and in December will receive his diploma.  I can assure you there isn't a person on this planet that is going to cheer and clap scream louder than me...

Along with the computer programming classes he's been taking he's also taking a history class and a Biblical studies class required by the Christian University he's been attending.  Last week his religion Professor shared with his class a short story about his young son...

The Professor told the tale of how on a cold and icy Christmas morning his son, who was about six at the time, dashed downstairs to the Christmas tree only to stand before it in silence.  The tiny plate of cookies he'd left for Old Saint Nick was still sitting untouched along side a hand scribbled note intended for Santa.  Obviously written in a child's hand the note read:

"Dear Santa, please take away my hearing aids."

His child had lost some hearing and wanted so much to be like his friends.  Santa seemed to be his answer.
 The Prof writes how he was at a loss for words and how he prayed silently for wisdom.  After grabbing his son in his arms he tried to explain a difficult situation.  His tiny little boy felt like Santa had let him down and as a father he felt powerless to help.  They held one another and sobbed...  "Lord, what do I tell my son?"

As hurtful as the day had been his son doesn't remember that Christmas disappointment, but his father does.  His own pain and disappointment have lingered and to this day says he's never felt more vulnerable.

The Prof continues to write...

"The Bible reminds us Jesus gave up His power so that we could be empowered in our times of weakness.  He made Himself nothing so that we cold become something."

Jesus was there in the Prof's time of weakness and believes it was God's mercy that removed the Christmas Day memory from his young son's mind.  In his helplessness, his tiny son turned to his earthly father for comfort while his father turned to his heavenly father for consolation.

Today the Prof's son is grown and doing well and yet his father shares how he still finds himself in situations where he must ask "Lord, what do I tell my son?"

He continues...

"I don't have all the answers but I know God does."

"In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness.  We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express."  
--Romans 8:26

I'm so grateful today I know where to turn to~

Blessings for an awesome Sunday.

Love to you...

19 comments:

Connie said...

Bec, just want you to know you've touched my heart in a very special way this morning with that story. I sit here bawling because of an injury that has left me unable to attend church for several weeks now and will continue for a while longer. I turn to my Lord in prayer and ask for healing. It will come. The blessing my hubs gave me has done more than any doctor has so far. Just wanted you to know you've touched a soft and vulnerable heart this day, sweetpea!

xoxo,
Connie

Terra said...

I appreciate this story of the boy with hearing aids, Santa and his dad. Interesting how the boy does not remember this incident. Jesus is there.

Terra said...

Oh and congrats to your hubby, and I will listen for clapping and screaming :)

Debra @ Common Ground said...

such a beautiful post, Rebecca. Blessings to you and your dear hubby!!

NanaNor's said...

Powerful post my dear Rebecca. Thanks for sharing it; how exciting for your sweet hubby to be so close to his degree. You all must be very proud.
Hugs, Noreen

sweetvintageofmine said...

GOD is an AWESOME GOD! He knows everything we need and always at the right time~~~BEAUTIFUL STORY~~~~There is no GREATER LOVE than the LOVE of CHRIST. BLESSINGS and CONGRATULATIONS to your HUBBY! May GOD lead and guide him in all future decisions~~~~From one sweetie to another~~~Roxie

Theresa said...

Great reminder:). Have a blessed Sunday! Hugs

Donna said...

Wonderful post and perfect for a Sunday!
I would scream too if it was my husband! Congrats to him.
Hugs
Donna

Diane said...

Beautiful and inspirational post.

Diane

Shabby chic Sandy said...

A sweet story--thanks for sharing

Jill said...

So moving and beautiful.

Congrats to Mr AGPman!

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

Wonderful story Rebecca, thanks so much for sharing it. A big congrats to your hubby... how EXCITING!!! I wanted to thank you and your hubby for taking the time out of your busy schedule's to help me with my website.
Hugs~~~ Daphne

Anne said...

Rebecca,
I love this story.And it is so true.We don't have the answers only God does.And we must put our trust to him.Give it all to him in prayer.
(((Hugs)))
Anne

Dolores said...

Your husband is amazing!!!

I love this touching and beautiful story! Thanks for sharing...

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With love to you!

PSALM 23

THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD,
That's Relationship!

I shall not want,
This supply is!

MAKE ME WALK IN GREEN PASTURES,
This is rest!

He leadeth me beside the still waters,
This is refreshing!

He restores my soul,
This is healing!

GUIDE ME FOR THE PATHS OF JUSTICE,
That's Guidance!

FOR THE LOVE OF YOUR NAME,
This is on purpose!

THOUGH I WALK THE VALLEY OF THE SHADOW OF DEATH,
That's Testing!

I will fear no evil,
That's Protection!

Thou art with me,
That is fidelity!

YOUR STICK AND YOUR staff they comfort me,
This is discipline!

Prepare a table before ME IN THE PRESENCE OF MY ENEMIES,
This is hope!

UNGE MY HEAD WITH OIL
That's Consecration!

And my cup runneth over,
That's Abundance!

SURELY GOODNESS AND MERCY A follow me EVERY DAY OF MY LIFE,
This is a blessing!

AND I WILL DWELL IN THE HOUSE OF THE LORD
That's Security!

FOR LONG DAYS,
This is eternity!


May the Lord bless you and keep you!


In Christ,

***Lucy***

NanaDiana said...

Rebecca-This story brought tears to my eyes. It reminds me of when our little granddaughter passed and I wondered...Lord...What do I say to my daughter?

There are just situations that we will never understand or be prepared for....things that we left unsaid that will haunt us forever.

Beautiful message here, Rebecca...and I am so glad that your guy is getting close to finishing! xo Diana

blhitchcock901 said...

What a precious story. Yes, my daughter is asking the hard questions and my heart breaks that I don't have the answers. I'm glad I know who does.

I recently retrieved a sermon that my daughter sent me when I was struggling with my parent's death. It is entitled, "God where are you?" It was by Dan Boone, president of the Christian school that my kids attened. It's good to know that the great theologians struggle too.

Loved your story, sweet friend. Will celebrate with you when Mr. AGP is done! Whoo Hoo!

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Rebecca,

Wonderful story and yes, at certain times we're at a loss for words.
Thanks for sharing this, perfect Sunday food for the soul.
Love to you,
Mariette

Deanna said...

Sweet Summwe Blessings to you!!!
Congrats to your hubby and you....may this time fly by. Love this tender story. Thank you for sharing. Really like the part that God has the answers. This is where I have to turn.
Turning,
d

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