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God Loves Me



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Elizabeth Lynn Anderson

is loved by God

 On your Baptism Day, from

your Godparents, Sarah & Josh


     What a 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.  Daddy, Mommy, 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 for.


     Dear God, it's me, Lizzie.   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. 


     Even though 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 that!


     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.  Amen. 


     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 join in. 


     "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. 


     Lizzie 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. 


     Oh, boy!  Lizzie can hardly wait for her birthday 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.


     As Lizzie 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 Lizzie 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 is.   


     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. 


     Just before 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, Lizzie 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. 

~ ~ ~

Elizabeth Lynn Anderson

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