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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Favoritism (02/28/05)

TITLE: Stuffed Love
By Jan Ackerson


A mound of fuzzy, fleecy creatures obscures my daughter’s bed. Like a magical menagerie, lions and bunnies and monkeys tumble together in a jumble of merry colors. Princess Jennica perches on the corner of her bed, happy beyond words to be surrounded by these contented subjects. I watch her from my post in the hall; she doesn’t “play” with her animals, she simply revels in them.

Jennica reaches for Miss Meriwether Monkeyshines and rearranges her tail, then moves her to an entirely different spot, between LaLa the frog and a stuffed snake whose name I have forgotten. The entire back row is shifted a few inches toward the wall, then Crusty Dog joins them, after a brief adjustment to his collar. Jennica continues this game of silent arrangement and rearrangement for longer than I have the patience to watch.

A few days later, during an insane day of housecleaning and purging, I decide that Jennica has far too many friends cluttering her room. I ask the Princess to pick her favorites to keep, and tell her that the others will be taken somewhere to make another little girl happy. Jennica’s eyes widen in panic. She cannot pick her favorites; every one is dear to her, even those that are threadbare, stained, and coming unstuffed.

How blessed we are to be perched on God’s bed! He cannot bear to part with even one of His own, and he cherishes the threadbare and stained as much as the spotless and new.

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paula burbidge03/07/05
I have an old threadbare ginger dog which I cherish even after nearly 50 years. I am so pleased to be reminded that God cherishes the old and tattered!
Patricia Sprague03/08/05
Love the title! God surely stuffs us with love every single day of our life!
donna robinson03/09/05
What a great story to show how the child is like God in her affections! Children seem to understand that love is equally divided. This was just a great story and said so much in so few words!
Shellie Power03/13/05
Great comparison. It is beautiful how we sometimes understand our Father through the eyes of our children.
Mariane Holbrook 04/15/07
They say when you want to learn, why not learn from the best. So, I'm beginning at the bottom and will work my way up your list of challenge entries. Just so you won't be bombarded with comments from me every time I read something of yours, I'll likely just read them and not comment. And I know I'll be blessed if this one is any indication.

God be with you. And congratulations on your fine body of work.
Jacquelyn Horne05/08/07
This is beautiful. And so comforting.
Tim Pickl02/21/08
Wonderful story and analogy! It reminds me of something my wife says of me, "You're just a big teddy bear!" God bless you.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/01/10
I had just read your "What FW Means to Me" where you describe how much you have improved over the years.

Hoping desperately that I too will improve with practice, I set out to discover how much your writing really has changed.

This is a sweet story that you likely turned into an outstanding devotion by adding scripture and prayer. If you haven't, you should. You make a great point.

I can see your growth as a writer. Of course you started a tad ahead in regards to the talent part, but you've also gotten better.
Jan Ackerson 03/20/14