1 John 4:16


"Grandma, I love you, but I miss Mom so much," said Judi as she entered the kitchen where Grandma was taking towels from the washing machine. "I wish she could have come home from the hospital today."

"I know, honey, but she’ll be here tomorrow," encouraged Grandma, "and just think – she’ll bring your brand new brother." Grandma gave Judi a hug before she began to fold the towels.

"Yes, but…" Judi hesitated, then added, "Grandma, I’m worried about something." She looked down at her feet. "I guess it’s nice to have a little brother, but I… I wonder if Mom still loves me. I mean – as much as she did before the baby came."

"Why, of course she does, honey," Grandma said promptly. "Why did you think she might not?" Judi frowned. "Oh, I don’t know. I just keep wondering about it."

"Well, Judi, let me ask you something," said Grandma. "You’ve been wanting to take a trip to Bedok where you used to live, right?"

Judi nodded."Dad says we’ll go when the baby is a little older.""Well, why do you want to go back there?" asked Grandma.

"Oh,Grandma,Su Ling lives there,and she’s my very best friend!"said Judi. "You know that!"

"But you moved from there three months ago," replied Grandma, "and you have new friends now."

"But, Grandma, I didn’t forget Su Ling when I got new friends," Judi protested. "Don’t you understand?"

"You mean you still love her?" asked Grandma. Judi nodded, and Grandma smiled. "Then why do you think your mom will stop loving you?" asked Grandma. "She has enough love for both you and your baby brother – just like you have plenty of love for both Su Ling and your new friends."

Judi smiled, too. Then she gave Grandma a big hug. "I get it now," she said. "I can’t wait to see my little brother."

Thought: Do you sometimes wonder if your parents would love you more if you had no brothers or sisters? God gives parents plenty of love to go around to every family member. Best of all, God deeply loves each of His children!

Prayer: Heavenly Father, teach me not to be jealous of any siblings I may have, but to love them. And thanks for the reminder that above all human love, Your love for me is the greatest! In Jesus’ precious name I ask – Amen.

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