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What Does God Like?
Lee and Larry loved their sixth birthday party. Even though they were
twins, Mommy and Daddy always made sure they each had a special time. And
with their birthdays coming in December, Mommy and Daddy also always made
sure their birthdays were special even though Christmas was right around
the corner. The party was so fun with a clown and cake and songs and
wonderful presents from their friends and grandparents and uncle and
aunts. It went by so fast but before they knew it, everyone had gone home
and it was time to clean up and get ready for bed.
Evening family devotions were one of the most important parts of Lee and
Larry’s day. Daddy read part of the story of Jesus coming at Christmas
which is where he read every year during December so they would know the
real reason for Christmas, to celebrate the birth of Jesus. At the end of
it, Lee asked, “Daddy, did Jesus get a birthday party every year with
presents and a clown too?”
Everybody laughed trying to imagine what kind of birthday party Mary and
Joseph gave for Jesus when He was six. Larry wondered, “I bet he liked the
same kind of toys we like.”
“Well, what does God like?” Lee added. “I mean, we like cookies and
cartoons and toys, but what kind of things are fun for God?” It was a
question that for a minute Mommy and Daddy had to think about.
“I know!” Said Larry. “I bet he likes angels because he has them around
all the time. Maybe he and the angels play family games like we do
sometimes. Maybe they play Monopoly.” This made Mommy laugh really hard.
“Or maybe he likes bowling.” Lee continued. “I heard someone say that when
you hear thunder, that means that God is bowling in heaven. I bet he is
really good at it.”
“I bet he is PERFECT at it!” Laughed Larry.
“Well boys,” Mommy finally said after they had come up with lots of silly
ideas of what God did for fun, “What God really likes is when people love
each other and take care of each other like we do in our family.” That
made sense to Lee and Larry so Lee hugged Mommy and Larry hugged daddy to
just make God happy.
“You know what Pastor Johansson told us on Sunday is that God really likes
worship.” Daddy added.
“You mean like when we sing praise songs in Church?” Larry asked and daddy
nodded. “Well I can make up a worship song.” So Larry jumped to his feet
and began to make up a song to a very bad tune. “Jesus is so cool. Its fun
being with God. He is the funniest God anyone could have.” Larry sang very
badly so Lee had put his hands over his ears.
“Singing worship songs is good but that’s not the only way to worship.”
Daddy said, maybe to make Larry stop singing. “There are lots of ways to
‘LIKE WHAT DADDY, TELL US, TELL US.” Both boys jumped up and down wanting
to know how to make God happy.