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This past Thanksgiving, my wife and I drove to our daughter Debbie’s home for the holiday. When we turned on their street, I saw my grandson Ethan shooting baskets with his best friend next door. We pulled in front of Debby’s home, and I heard a six -year old voice yelling "gran-pa’! When I opened the car door it was to step out to a leaping body with arms outstretched and love exploding. "O gran-pa," he said, "I’m glad you’re here!"

That is a great welcome. I loved it! . But how different it would have been if Ethan had walked up, put his arms around my waist and said "gran-pa’, would you get me a new Beyblade, a power ranger, a rescue hero, and a hot wheels track?" What a disappointment that would have been. I’d still love him, but can you see what would be lost in my own feelings?

Change the scene. God, our father, looks down across the starlit reaches of heaven and looks toward us in love. What do you suppose God longs to hear?

David Haun, Hope Christian Church

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