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Topic: It's a Colorful World (12/03/09)
TITLE: Annie's Rainbow
By Tim Pickl
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On the corner of Harvard and Main, little Annie lived with her Mommy in a little house.
Annie’s Mommy didn’t go to church, but she wanted little Annie to grow up right.
So, Little Annie spent the first part of her life in the Christian Child Care Center.
Then, when Annie was old enough to go to school…
…her Mommy enrolled her in the Christian Academy.
Annie was so happy that first day, she jumped, played and sang…
…but her Mommy seemed sad and cried.
“Why are you crying?” little Annie asked her Mommy with her sweet little voice.
“Oh honey, I’m not crying because I am sad, I am crying because you are so happy.”
“I love you, Mommy.” Annie hugged her Mommy and then went and stood in line.
A man from the church walked up to Annie’s Mommy and handed her a yellow flyer.
She looked at it with curiosity. “Come on out, and bring Annie to Sunday School!”
“Well, I appreciate the invitation, but Sundays are my only day to get some rest.”
“Okay, we have a bus now. Can we stop by your house and pick Annie up?”
“That would be fine.” “Praise the Lord! We’ll see you Sunday morning.”
When Annie’s Mommy picked up little Annie after school, Annie was still excited.
“Mommy, I had so much fun. I made this picture just for you—look.”
Annie gave her Mommy the picture and on it was a smiling Mommy, and…
…a taller, smiling Mommy, and a huge rainbow painted over their heads.
“Oh, so many beautiful colors, Annie. What’s that color?” She asked and pointed.
“Red!” “How about that one?” “Orange!” “What’s that one?” “Yellow!”
“And, what are these?” Mommy moved her finger. “Green, blue and purple!”
“Very, very good, Annie. I am so proud of you.” Annie smiled big and beamed.
“What, Mommy, what?”
“The big yellow Sunday School bus is coming.”
“Really, Mommy, really? I get to go to Sunday School?”
“Yes, on Sunday.”
“Okay, Mommy. I promise I will be the best little Annie you ever had.”
“You are silly. You ARE the only Annie I ever had! I love you honey.”
“I’m not honey, I’m Annie.”
“But you’re still as sweet as honey.”
For four years, Annie’s Sundays were the same. Annie got up and put on her pretty dress.
Annie’s mommy made Annie’s favorite pancakes, then drank purple grape juice and…
…the big yellow Sunday School bus would stop outside their little house.
Annie ran out and waved goodbye to her Mommy, and gleefully jumped on the bus.
Mommy was so tired. She had to work two jobs to pay for everything, and went to bed.
By the time church was over and the Sunday School bus returned…
…Mommy had a good nap, and had lunch ready for little Annie.
“Mommy, guess what?”
“Today we learned about being born again, just like the Bible says.”
“What does ‘born again’ mean?”
“Okay, so there was this man who went to Jesus.”
“No, silly Mommy, his name was Nicodemus.”
“Oh, I remember.”
“He asked Jesus, ‘How do you do these miracles?’ and Jesus answered:
“You must be born again in order to see and enter the kingdom of God.”
“Okay Annie, I know the story. How do we become born again of the water and Spirit?”
“Oh that answer is easy, Mommy. Look in Acts, Chapter 2.” Annie picked up her Bible.
“On the day of Pentecost, the Spirit of God moved and filled the people who were waiting,
“Just like Jesus asked them to. Then they spoke in tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.
“Then, after Peter preached to the people outside, they asked him what they should do.
“Look at Acts 2, verse 38—here are the keys to seeing and entering the kingdom of God.
“And guess what, Mommy?”
“I’ve been born again! And now all the colors of God’s creation are so bright and—“
“You mean like a rainbow?”
Annie’s Mommy pointed at the picture Annie painted on the wall, now in a frame.
“Yes Mommy, just like God’s rainbow. His promise is for you, too.”
1 Peter 1:23
(King James Version)
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