The Three Little Sisters
Once upon a time, there were three little sisters who lived in a home filled with love. Christian values were re-enforced by their mother who made sure the girls attended church. Her high soprano voice floated through the air in the church sanctuary, every Sunday. Her favorite song was “Oh, Holy Night”, which she sang for the Christmas cantata each year. The mother enjoyed reading Bible stories to her daughters before bedtime when they were small.
Their father was a hard-working man who quit school in the fifth grade to help his parents support a family of ten children. After he married, he constantly sought ways to support his own family as an oil-field worker, truck driver, junking out old cars, and a welder. He would go to church, but he was never baptized.
The family moved.
It was difficult for the family to feel comfortable with the congregation of their new church, so they stopped going.
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Jesus came knocking on the door of the first little sister’s heart at an early age. He said, “Little sister, little sister, let Me come in. I’ll forgive you of your sins. I’ll give you peace, encouragement, and unlimited hope. If you’ll choose Me to be your Savior, the Holy Spirit will help you understand God’s purpose for your life.”
She said, “Yes, come in.”
Opening the door to her heart, Jesus filled it with love and helped her to build a life using God’s promises as a foundation. After the sister married, she returned to the church where she attended Bible studies and learned how to serve others in times of sickness and death. Her church family became an anchor of encouragement during life’s constant battles. Daily quiet times with God helped the sister find peace in times of sorrow and struggle. Temptations from the world plagued her daily choices, but Jesus continued to work on her sinful nature.
Jesus came knocking on the door of the second little sister’s heart at an early age. He said, “Little sister, little sister, let Me come in. I’ll forgive you of your sins. I’ll give you peace, encouragement, and unlimited hope. If you’ll choose Me to be your Savior, the Holy Spirit will help you understand God’s purpose for your life.”
She said, “Yes, come in.”
The second sister allowed Jesus to come in and fill her life with his promises. She and her family joined a big church. Singing “Oh, Holy Night” for the Christmas cantata was her favorite thing to do just like her mother. Everything was fine, until church members abused the sacred Christian relationship.
Her family stopped going to church.
Tragedy of death pierced the second sister’s tender heart. She battled with God’s greatness. She refused to believe in God’s control of the universe. She prayed, but she didn’t seek His answers from His Holy Bible. Her life was filled with pain, anger, and depression. Only, thoughtfulness and service to others helped her to survive her daily struggles.
Jesus came knocking on the door to the third little sister’s heart several times. He said, “Little sister, little sister, let Me come in. I’ll forgive you of your sins. I’ll give you peace, encouragement, and unlimited hope. If you’ll choose Me to be your Savior, the Holy Spirit will help you to understand God’s purpose for your life.”
However, the third little sister didn’t recognize Jesus’ voice. She was too small when her older sisters were involved in church activities which gave them many opportunities to meet Jesus. Finally, she turned the knob to crack the door of her heart a little. She believed, but never joined a church. She worked hard and cared for her own family. Her life was full of daily struggles, regrets, and helplessness.
Their father was baptized.
Their mother died.
The first sister found the peace and encouragement which Jesus promised. She acknowledged God’s control. She continued to pray for her sisters.
The second and third sisters struggled with the loss of their mother as anger filled their hearts. They clung together for support. Understanding how faith can encourage remained aloof due to their failure in seeking a church home and reading God’s holy words.
This story is not over. However, for a “happily-ever-after ending”, all three little sisters and their families must open the doors to their hearts completely to allow Jesus to hand them a key to heaven.
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