Monthly Archives: December 2014

Tommy on a Cold Case

Tommy has been analyzing a REALLY cold case: my bicycle was stolen some 30+ years ago. (One of the wheels had stopped turning, and I’d left the bike outside a building and gone in to look for someone to fix it. When I came out, the bike was gone.)

He calls with the news: “I think I know what happened,” he says. The person carried my bike away and fixed it later. We discuss the case. It was unlikely, we decide, that the perpetrator had had the tools to fix the bike on the spot, hence it must have been carried away. But with no bike, DNA or tire tracks . . . .

What most intrigues me is that Tommy is reading a letter I wrote to him in 2012, probably a response to his concern that something of his had disappeared at school. According to Lisa he keeps all my letters, and clearly he keeps them easily accessible.

I find this encouraging. They say that children hear us even when they don’t appear to be listening; Tommy thinks about what I say and what I write to him, and returns to them later for analysis and discussion.

I’d best watch my words!

“Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips.” (Psalm 141:3 NKJV)

“Thank You for this most wonderful day”

This is Tommy’s prayer at the gourmet dinner he and I have lovingly prepared for his mom and George.

Step aside, Master Chef, and drool over our menu:
Mac and cheese, sliced tomatoes, boiled carrots, sausages (except for Tommy, now a vegetarian), and more cheese.

How excited Tommy is to be cooking the finest meal ever to grace the table of their new home!

But the excitement doesn’t start with the planning and preparation of the aforementioned epicurean delights. It starts when I invite Tommy to choose a Christmas gift that he will never see or open, and he chooses surgery for a needy family–at a cost of $25.00–from our church’s catalogue.

A University of British Columbia study reports that toddlers experience more joy in giving than in receiving. And why not, if we have been created in the image of a kind and generous God?

“. . . It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35