Thursday, December 25, 2014


I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

With the hindsight adulthood provides, many childhood experiences can be put into perspective, viewed with the clarity and the understanding that time brings. If we are fortunate, these events can strengthen our trust and faith in God. Such is the case for me when looking back on a Christmas when I was a young girl about eight years old.

Christmas morning was always greatly anticipated as my three brothers and I knew marvelous and wonderful gifts awaited us. There were the usual assortment of toys and necessities, and my parents were mindful of being equal in their giving to their four children. However, this one Christmas it was evident to all, especially to me, that my brothers were receiving many more presents. I do not know how I reacted but I was probably on the verge of tears thinking my parents did not love me as much as my brothers. I am equally sure I did not voice my concerns.

Then came the crowning blow to my fragile little girl self. After all the gifts were opened and admired, my parents asked ME to take out the trash. That was always my brothers’ responsibility! How could they do that to me! If I doubted before, now I knew for sure my mom and dad loved them more and me less. As I rounded the corner to the outside trash can, carrying a bag overstuffed with wrappings from presents, there poking out from the side of the shed was a bicycle wheel! Yes, it was a bicycle: my very own red bicycle…a bicycle I would not have to share with my brothers…a girl bicycle. I instantly knew my parents had never ever stopped loving me in that very special Meredith-way that was mine alone.

I have come to understand if my parents love me so much, how much more must my Father in heaven love each and every one of us, his own very special children.

Meredith McKeown

Prayer: Dear God, Thank you for the most precious gift of your son, Jesus Christ. Help us to always trust and have faith in your unending love for us. Amen.