Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Angeline’s Birthday Present: A Parable

Angeline’s Birthday Present: A Parable
Roy Lessin, Meeting in the Meadow
There was once a king who lived in a beautiful land with a magnificent castle. The king was celebrated by the people, and he ruled them with wisdom and kindness. The king had a daughter whom he loved dearly. The king decided that on his daughter’s fifth birthday he would let her choose any birthday present she desired.
Thinking he knew his daughter’s mind, the king ordered several things to be purchased in advance. His list included a new pony, a beautiful new dress, and a grand doll house with all the furnishings.
On the day of her birthday, the king dressed in his finest robe of royalty and summoned his guards to bring his daughter to him in his royal chamber. Upon entering the chamber the little girl ran into the king’s outstretched arms and sat upon his lap.
After a big hug and a kiss, the king said to his daughter, “Angeline, today is a very special day…it is your fifth birthday! I love you very much, and I want to give you a special birthday present. Today, I will give to you anything you ask of me. I want you to choose something that you would like to have more than anything else in the whole world.” Angeline’s eyes grew big as she listened.
To help point his daughter in the right direction the king asked her the following questions: “Do you think you would like to have a pony to ride? Or perhaps a beautiful new dress to wear? Or a new doll house to play with?” The king saw a big smile come to Angeline’s face as she thought about her birthday present.
After waiting a few more moments, the king asked, “Well, my dear child, can you tell me what birthday present you would like me to give you today?”
“Is it a pony?” asked the king?”
“No.” answered Angeline, “Not a pony.”
“Is it a dress?” asked the king.
“No.” answered Angeline, “Not a new dress.”
“Is it a doll house?” asked the king.
“No.” answered Angeline, “Not a doll house.”
The king’s curiosity began to grow. “Well then, can you tell me what it is?”
“Yes.” said Angeline. “The birthday gift I would like to have more than anything else in the whole world is to stay here on your lap, and not get up until I become tired and fall asleep in your arms.”
The king was amazed at his daughter’s request! As the king’s eyes began to fill with tears he asked, “Why would you want to stay here with me when you could be outside with a pony, or playing with a new doll house in your room?”
Before Angeline answered, she snuggled close to the king, put her head upon his shoulder, and in her softest, most loving voice she whispered, “Because, daddy, you are the best gift of all!”

You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy, at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore (Psalm 16:11 AMP).

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©2024 Roy Lessin, Meeting in the Meadow. Photo by Marina Bromley. Used with permission, all rights reserved.

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