We Want Bread And Roses
Somehow God never entered in their plan
of life. They neither believed nor disbelieved.
So the father was taken by surprise when
his little girl came home from kindergarten,
and bowed down her head to thank God for
the rice that was placed in front of her
to eat just before dinner. "What in
the world are you doing?" he asked.
Little Ita - this was the little Japanese's
girl's name - said, "I am thanking God
for the rice." "But your mother
made the rice," said her father. "Yes,"
replied Ita, "mother cooked the rice
but she did not make the rice." "Well,"
the father answered, "I sowed the rice
in the field and harvested it." "Yes,
you sowed the rice and mother cooked it but
neither you nor mother really made the rice.
God made the rice." Ita was very clear
in her mind who made the rice.
This dialogue sparked an interest in the
father and next day he visited the school
that Ita attended and there he found out
that her teacher was speaking about God very
frankly. The curiosity that was generated
led this Japanese family to become Christians.
And one of Ita's sisters even became a teacher
of religion. All this, because a girl bowed
down her head at her simple meal and thanked
God for the rice!
Harry told me that he still remembers vividly
an incident that happened to him when he
was six years old. Now he is past eighty
years of age. He had noticed that in the
afternoon, his grandmother always locked
herself in her room for half an hour. He
was curious as to why grandma did this and
so he decided to find out. He hid himself
under her bed! He thought that perhaps she
would count her money or read some old letters
or dress her hair…. But no, she simply sat
in her favorite chair and started reading
loudly. He could not make out what she was
reading but then he saw her kneeling down
besides the bed and she began praying! He
heard her praying and then he heard his own
name. He thought at first she was calling
him but no, she was talking to God about
him and asking God to make him all that she
hoped he would become. It was a strange sensation
to listen to someone praying for him… When
the prayer was finished, his grandma just
arose and left the room. And soon afterwards
Harry also disappeared. But he never forgot!
I always believed that we are the result
of the prayers uttered by our parents and
our grandparents… God surely listens to their
Doctor Johnson always did strange things.
At night, he would go through the streets
of London where homeless little children
slept in doorways and under bridges. And
he would place some money in the closed hands
of these children so that when they wake
up they would think that some angel from
heaven had visited them during the night!
We all need bread and roses. Bread to sustain
our bodies, roses to beautify our life. Bread
to feed a hungry stomach and roses to feed
a famished heart. God always makes sure we
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