great day this is! Elizabeth Lynn Anderson,
from Atlanta, Georgia,
was visiting the Wild Animal Park. There were tall giraffes, a big,
round rhinoceros, graceful gazelles, galloping zebras, pouncing lions and
too many exotic birds to count.
and Kaycee would sure enjoy being here. Seeing that the animals
were free to roam like in their native lands, there's so much to be thankful
Dear God, it's me,
I had such a great day today at
The Wild Animal Park. I'm glad I can talk to you about anything.
I just wanted to thank you for making so many amazing animals. It's
great having pets at home to hug and keep you company. But after
today, I can see that there are lots of different kinds of animals from all
over the world. Thank you for letting me see that. Amen.
Lizzie was still sleepy in the morning, going to school to see
friends and learning all kinds of new stuff from the nice teacher was worth
getting up for. The pictures of astronauts soaring into outer space
were real! Reading about how doctors and nurses save lives and help
broken bones heal was inspiring. The teacher says we can be whatever
we want to be - as long as we keep reading and studying. How great is
Dear God, I am so thankful that I can
go to school to learn new things. Thank you for all the possibilities
ahead of me. Help me choose the one that is right for me. I love
that I can learn about so many different people and counties, how to add and
subtract and see how insects, birds, squirrels and bears are really
important to the earth. Thank you
for helping me learn about life.
One of the best parts of the day is
going to the playground. Lizzie enjoyed
playing kickball with friends. This time, a younger child asked to
"We already have enough!"
Lizzie shouted, which made the child cry.
"I'm sorry," said
Lizzie. "Would you like to play with us?
There's always room for one more."
"Gee, thanks," sniffed the younger
child. Nobody ever asks me to play."
"Well, come on them," said
Lizzie, "Let's have some fun!"
Dear God, it's me, again. I
don't feel very good about talking to you this time. I'm afraid I
wasn't very nice today. I didn't mean it and I said I was sorry.
But I wanted to apologize to you, God, because I know whenever we're not
nice to people, it hurts your feelings, too. Please forgive me, God,
and help me to be nice more often. Amen.
saw the bright red fire truck with its ladder in a tree! There were no
flames, no hose and no smoke, but there sure was a rescue going on!
The neighbor's cat was stuck in the tallest tree on the block and the
firefighters were bringing it down. Everyone applauded and the owners
hugged the firefighters. They face many dangerous situations every day
and some not so dangerous, but just as important. Police officers and
soldiers do, too. We're thankful to have such brave people willing to
take risks for us.
Dear God, I know sometimes you use
helpers, like firefighters, police officers and soldiers to keep us safe.
And they need your help, too, because they do so much to protect us.
Thank you for these courageous helpers that let me sleep safely in my bed at
night. Please, God, keep them safe, too. Amen.
As the waves came tumbling onto the
silky, soft sand, Lizzie
tried to jump over each one. The sun was dancing on the water like
little diamonds and just above the smooth beach, full of wonderful sea
creatures. How could so many wonderful things exist in one place?
Dear God, you sure to know how to make
people smile. It's pretty cool the way you can make the ocean so calm
one minute, and then have giant waves crashing onto the shore the next.
Or how you can make grass grow in dunes of sand and give us tall trees for
shade! Thank you, God, for all this nature, and especially for the
warm sunshine so I can play in it. Amen.
Lizzie can hardly wait for
party to begin. The decorations
are a rainbow of colors. All kinds of kids have come. There are
lots of fun prizes to win and many games to play. But the best part of
any party is getting together with friends.
Dear God, one of the best things about
being a kid is birthday parties. And I'll bet no one really thanks you
for them. So I'd like to thank you right now for mine. I like
eating cake and playing games with my friends. It's so cool to do fun
stuff and be around friends. Thank you, God, for giving me so much to
smile about. Amen.
It was a cold, rainy day and
Lizzie had been feeling hot and achy. At
least there are fun pictures on the wall and fun things to do while you're
waiting to see the doctor. It's a little scary, though, when the
doctor gives you a shot because sometimes it hurts. But the doctor is
only trying to help us get well. And its fun choosing a toy and
getting a sticker afterwards!
Dear God, I know you don't mean for us
to get sick and have to get shots. And I sure am grateful that the
doctor helps me feel better. But sometimes I get scared when I don't
know what's coming next. Maybe you could make the doctor understand
that kids would rather jut have the toy and sticker. Thanks for giving
us doctors, though, to make us well again. Amen.
sat down to dinner and saw all the delicious food they were about to eat, it
was fun to imagine how it got there. The sweet corn from the
cornfields and tomatoes, green beans, onions and garlic all came from
vegetable gardens. The juicy apples and peaches were picked from the
orchards. Everyday we eat food that is grown in so many parts of the
world. And food is the perfect thing to share.
Dear God, thank you for giving me food
to eat. Please bless those who grow and prepare the food. Thank
you for vegetables and fruits and all the different kinds of plants we eat.
Thank you for water to grow them and to drink. And please, dear God,
make sure everyone around the world gets enough to eat. Amen.
Families come in all shapes and sizes,
sort of like gifts. The first day
was with her family was so special. They
were very happy to have such a wonderful gift. Whether you are born or
adopted into your family, being together is such a blessing. No matter
what, your family will be there for you. And what a loving gift that
Dear God, once in awhile I forget to
thank you for my family. It's probably because sometimes we argue or
disagree. But the really great thing about families, God, is that you
can get mad at each other and then give each other hugs. You're loved
because you're you, because you're family - and you can love them right
back. I'm glad you made families, God, all different kinds of
families. And I especially thank you for mine. Amen.
Lizzie was about to go to bed, the rain started pounding and the
gnarly branches screeched as the rubbed against the windowpane. The
crackle and glow of the lightning was scary! The boom of thunder
brought goose bumps. Daddy, Mommy and Kaycee
always say that praying helps when you're scared.
Dear God, it's me,
Could you please give the sky a time
out? The loud sounds and bright flashes scare me. I know that
the rain is good for the trees and grass, so I guess it's okay, since I like
to play in them. I also know we need water to keep our lakes and
rivers full. Dear God, thank you for always watching over me.
I'm glad we had this talk. I can go to sleep now. Amen.
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