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Merry Is Sad
by Shirley McClay 
04/30/08
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“What is a bra?”
“Are there toys in Heaven?”
“How do babies get out of Mommy’s tummy?”
“How does our skin come off our bones when we die?”


I have three small children and their questions and insights often stump me, but some really make me ponder… like this one.


I was puttering around in the kitchen at lunchtime one day when my four year old daughter came out looking adorable with a cute straw hat perched on her head.

“Mommy, I am sad cause….” Her voice dropped and her eyes drifted to the floor.

“Why are you sad, Merry?”

“’Cause I don’t want to grow up.”

How to answer that! “OK, that’s fine sweetie.” Good enough. Merry gave me a big smile and danced away.

She was back in ten seconds.

We were eye-to-eye as I was down on my knees looking in a bottom cupboard. “Mommy, I don’t want to eat any potatoes ’cause they make me grow.” (Potatoes are not her favorite food!)

Hmmm… now I was really at a loss for words. I simply laughed and told her how funny she was. Realistically, I couldn’t promise to never feed her potatoes, and I couldn’t promise that she wouldn’t grow. But a hug and a “love you” were enough for her and she played contentedly again.


Okay… now for the ponderings…

I was really struck with how I also worry about the changes the future holds, just like Merry!

God understands and even enjoys when I share my heart with Him… as I enjoyed Merry sharing with me, but He can’t always make promises that answer me as I long to be reassured. He knows what is coming and that I can’t stay as I am forever, but he also knows that I will mature into what He has planned for my future.

In a couple of years Merry will be six and she will be enjoying that stage of her life, just as she enjoys being four. This is God’s heart for me as well.

He asks me to simply concentrate on what He has for me at this stage of my life and just enjoy where and who I am today. It is not up to me to try now to be the person I will become in five years, or worry about what my life will be like when it changes once again. He will grow me into the person I will become tomorrow!



If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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Ken John 17 Nov 2008
Children just have a wonderful way of striking a unique note don't they! I enjoyed how you showed that humor in your article.
Connie Allen 30 Apr 2008
Very good...thought provoking and true. It is so much more pleasant when we just relax and let GOD. Thanks for sharing this beautiful piece. GOD BLESS YOU




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