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Topic: GREEN (01/19/17)
TITLE: Beth's new dress
By Betty Overstreet
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"But sweetheart, I have already bought the fabric for your dress and it's blue. I can't return it and we really can't afford to buy more fabric for your dress".
She sit down at the table, lip puckered out, and twirled her spoon around in the oatmeal. A tear slowly slid down her cheek.
After Beth left for school the conversation kept going through my mind. I couldn't imagine why the color was so important--she loved all colors!
I just couldn't buy more fabric, there was no money left for any extravagances in our home. Paul had been laid off at work two weeks ago and we were pinching every penny as far as possible until he was called back to his job.
As the clock ticked on toward 2:30 and time to pick Beth up from school I continued to try and find a solution. She seldom asked for anything special so it broke my heart to have to disappoint her.
As I waited patiently for her to climb into the car I decided to ask her what was so special about the color green.
When she climbed in and fastened her seat belt, I asked, "Beth, why is it so important to have a green dress for Easter?" and she smiled and replied, "Mom, I love green! When we go for a walk together we always walk in the green grass and it feels so good when we take off our shoes and wiggle our toes.
And when you show me a pretty flower it is always surrounded by green leaves. And i love the big green tree in our back yard where Daddy made my swing. I can reach to the sky with my feet as I make the swing go higher. I guess most of all, when I think of you, I know you love me because you show me all these beautiful green things that Jesus makes for us."
So Mom, I think on His special day we should wear green to thank Him of all these beautiful things He makes for us.
When we reached home I hurried into my sewing room and searched through my fabric box and found a swatch of green fabric and began cutting out the shape of a tree. As the blue dress began to take shape I stitched the green tree to the bottom of the skirt and prayed that this would work.
As I walked into Beth's room later that day, holding the dress in front of me, she let out a scream that could be heard throughout the neighbor hood. "Mama, it is perfect . My dress is blue like the sky and my skirt has the green tree just like Daddy hung my swing in. Thank you Mama , you are the bestest Mama in the whole world.
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