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Granddaughter wisdom

When I pulled into the garage after church, our great-granddaughter asked, “Granddad, why do you have that ball on a string that hits your windshield?” I told her it helped get me into the garage without going too far and asked if her mother didn’t have one like that. “No,” she answered. “My mother knows what she’s doing.”

Howard Rincker
Sun City, Ariz.
Oh, and God bless yourself. Amen.�
“Oh, and God bless yourself. Amen.”

My 2-year-old granddaughter listened with rapt attention as the choir sang Peace, Perfect Peace. As she joined the enthusiastic applause that followed, she whispered to me, “I like peas, Grammy.”

Nina Rohlfs
Unadilla, Neb.

When my friend’s 2-year-old granddaughter spent the night with her, she thought they’d say a bedtime prayer together. When the girl pulled back, Kate said, “I’ll say a prayer for both of us.” She recited the Lord’s Prayer and added a few God-blesses. When she finished, Cora was round-eyed. Taking her grandmother’s face in both hands and peering into her eyes she said, “Grandma! You know God too?”

Pat Leonard
McFarland, Wis.

My granddaughter, in church for the first time, watched as the ushers passed the offering plates. When they neared the pew where we sat, she piped up so everyone could hear: “Don’t pay for me, Grandpa, I’m under 5.”

Hank Sakrison
Peoria, Ariz.

Under duress?

Our granddaughter Lilly, 7, must have been listening to the pastor’s sermon on Pentecost Sunday. He was talking about how the Spirit works in our lives and directs us to be in church on Sunday. Then he said, “But some of you are here under duress.” Lilly nudged her mother and said, “That’s me.” Her mother must have looked puzzled, so Lilly explained: “See, I’m under a dress.” The conversation in the car included word definitions.

Jean Hovet
Arlington, Wash.

It was a gift, all right?�
“It was a gift, all right?”
At Valley Lutheran Church in Los Lunas, N.M., I asked the children what feast day we were celebrating, expecting them to say “Pentecost.” A young boy raised his hand and said, “We’re celebrating the feast of the end of Sunday school!”

Ken Vogler
Albuquerque, N.M.

Wise up guys!

On Father’s Day, our choir recessed to the hymn, Wise Up, O Men of God.

Mary Lautensleger
Concord, N.C.


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