Shedding Some Light

James, age 4, was listening to his dad read a Bible story: “The man named Lot was warned to take his wife and flee out of the city, but his wife looked back and was turned to salt.”

With a serious look of concern, little James asked his dad, “But what happened to the flea?”

When Daryl Bierbaum was giving the children’s message one Sunday, he showed the preschoolers a large clock with hands, but no numbers. This was to indicate the fact that no one knows the time when Jesus will return. When the kids seem to get the idea, he asked them, “What will Jesus do when He comes back?”

Daryl’s own daughter, Kayla, had an answer: “He’s going to put the numbers back on the clock!”
Don Goebel
St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
Rocky Ford, Col.


My 2-year-old, Joanna, loved to hear me read the Christmas story. We always pointed out the figures in the Nativity scene in her book: Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, the shepherds, and the Wise Men. When I pointed to the Wise Men’s gifts in her book’s illustration, I always said, “Gold, frankincense, and myrrh.”

Later one day, Joanna was looking at the stripes on her shirt. As she pointed to the gold stripe, she said, “Gold.”

“What a brilliant child,” I thought to myself. Then I saw her fingers move to the next stripe, and as she continued all the way up her shirt,
regardless of the color of each stripe, said, “Frankincense, myrrh. Gold, frankincense, myrrh.”
Kristi Leckband
Trinity Lutheran Church
Foster, Neb.

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