The disciples came to him and asked, "Why do you speak to the people in parables?"
If I had a dime for every story I read to my children when they are young, I'd be comfortably well off. If, however, I had a dollar for every book I read to them more than once, I could probably give Bill Gates a run for his money.
There are times when I think if I have to read "Goodnight Moon" or "The Cat in the Hat Comes Back" one more time, I will lose my mind. And, my cool.
But, I don't.
Cuddling close with Daniel or Sarah makes me forget how many times I've told the tale. Watching their eyes roam the pages. Listening quietly. So attentive.
I don't realize how attentively, though, until one day, two-year-old Danie announces from his high chair, "I know all the words to 'The Cat in the Hat Comes Back'."
I nearly drop the pot I am drying.
And, I'm thinking: Impossible!
"Wanna hear it?"
"Of course, I do. Go right ahead."
"Okay! 'This was no time to play. This was no time for fun. This was no time for games. There was work to be done . . ."
And, on Daniel recites. Not missing a word. Not skipping a beat.
Not stopping until he reaches the last word of the story.
To say I am amazed is the understatement of the year.
And, never again am I loathe to reread a story.
Never . . .
The disciples remember the parables told by Jesus. And, I believe they recall them because they hear them over and over. Again and again as the Lord addresses the crowds who gathered wherever He went.
They memorize them. Take them to heart.
And, that's exactly what Jesus wanted them to do.
Wants us to do . . .
As a child, did you have a favorite story you wanted to hear again and again?
Will you join me in prayer?
We are so thankful, Father, that our Lord Jesus told and retold His parables. Because of His patience and persistence, the disciples remembered them, shared them with others, wrote them down. It is now our turn to reread and remember. Amen.
Psalms 80 or 77 (79)