Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Long Forgotten Tales.

When one has reached adulthood and encounters an old children's book that he has grown up reading, he finds a delightful treasure, a treasure which has been buried for many years and only resurfaces at the proper time.

Remember the book, "The Jolly Postman" by Janet and Allan Albergh? It was one of my favorite children's books and I still love it today. If you haven't read it before, find a copy and find a peaceful spot to delve in. If you have kids, read it to them!

Nothing is quite as relaxing as walking over the university library and perusing through the children's section downstairs. After a stressful spring break, it's nice to be able to forget homework for a short hour and read "The Jolly Christmas Postman", "A Kiss for Little Bear", and "Green Eggs and Ham" to a friend.

The Wolf Spotter's Guide has got to be our favorite letter in "The Jolly Christmas Postman". Here are some handy clues for how to spot a wolf from the guide, in case you needed a little assistance:

Look out for
1) Teeth (big)
2) Ears (big)
3) Eyes (big)
Specialises in old ladies, etc.
4) Bushy tail - very hairy - growls!
So there's no excuse, really.

How could we forget "Horton Hears a Who!"? This one quote from Dr. Seuss's book keeps replaying in my mind: “A person's a person, no matter how small.” In a world where human life is valued based upon its length and where babies are murdered in the womb, we must stand and fight for what's right. This is a dark world, filled with moral decay and God doesn't want us to simply 'hang on' until he comes again. Instead, he calls us to be light, to shine in the darkness. 

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." -Martin Luther King, Jr.

“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” -Matthew 5:14-16

If you would like to find out four ways that we can have a positive influence today, listen to this message  recently given by my pastor, or take a look at the notes, which go along with the message.

Take a little time today to find a quiet spot tucked away somewhere and devour a few children's books. You won't be sorry!


Sara said...

I love kid's books. I have a huge section of my bookshelf devoted to them (right now for kids I babysit, later for my own kiddos). :)

jennifer blair said...

Ah, I love kiddie books too. They are so fun, especially Dr. Seuss.

Emilie said...

i love going downstairs to our bookshelf and finding a book that i read when i was younger. :)