This I Know
"Jesus lied, Abby! Why did He have to say it, if it wasn't true...."
Abby stood in the doorway of the room she shared with her sister. Becky lay across her bed, wailing into her pillow. She always did put into words what Abby never dared to even think.
"What are you talking about, Becky?" Abby sat down on the side of her own bed next to Becky.
"We prayed, because He told us that whatever we ask in prayer, believing, we will receive. And, I did believe, Abby. I really did. After Grandma got better when Grandpa was afraid she would die, I just knew Mom would get better, too. But, she didn't...." Becky's voice trailed into a long moan. Abby wished she knew what to say. But, she had more questions than answers, herself.
"Becky, even Jesus prayed 'not My will but Thine be done.' It must not have been God's will."
"But why? I'm not crying for myself, Abby. But, why would God take Mom away from the little kids who need her so much? Charlie's only ten and Debbie's just eight. And Eva..." Becky stifled her sobs into her pillow. "She's just four years old. How could God DO such a thing, especially when He promised...."
Abby took a deep breath, swallowing back her own tears. "I don't know, Becky. I don't think anybody knows. We're all just as confused as you. But, we can't blame God. We don't see the whole picture from our little corner of the world."
"Is Becky sick?"
Abby turned to see Eva standing at the foot of the bed. She had a scared look in her big eyes. "No, honey, she's just sad."
Becky rolled over and raised herself on one elbow. "I'm okay, Eva. Don't worry about me. I'll get over it. How about you?"
Eva scampered to the side of Becky's bed and crawled up alongside her sister. "I saw Mama."
"What do you mean, honey?"
"When I woke up." She turned to smile at Abby.
"You mean you had a dream about Mama?"
"I don't think so. I woke up and she was smiling at me and she kissed me right here." Eva tapped her forehead. "She was all full of sunshine."
"That's funny," Becky had a puzzled look on her face. "It's raining buckets this morning. I didn't see any sunshine."
"I did." Eva smiled and slid off the bed and skipped out of the room. Her sisters heard her sweet little voice echoing down the hall as she sang, "Jesus loves me, this I know...."
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