Greg Miller

Four-year-old asks for sibling

Four-year-old Paul did not like being an only child.
“Lord,” prayed Paul, “could I please have a baby brother or a baby sister?”
“Sure,” replied the Lord. “In fact, I can tell you that you will have a baby sister named Priscilla, who will be born on your seventh birthday.”
“Thank you, Lord,” said Paul. “Thank you very much. I’ll try as hard as I can to be a good brother. I’ll help mom and dad take care of her.”
“I know you will,” God said. “And since older brothers sometimes need a helping hand, sometimes Priscilla will help your parents take care of you.”
“So Priscilla and I will pretty much look out for each other, right?,” asked Paul.
“That’s right, Paul,” said the Lord. “And I know that you’re only four years old, but you need to start praying for your mom and dad right away, because they will need all of those prayers, and I will hear all of them.”
Paul began praying for his mom, Paulette, and his dad, Peter, as well as his sister, who would be born in three years. And, just as He had promised, God heard all of Paul’s prayers. “Lord, you are so awesome!,” Paul exclaimed.
“Thanks for noticing, Paul,” said God. “Sometimes my children do not acknowledge my power in their lives.”
On Paul’s seventh birthday, the family went to the hospital where Priscilla was scheduled to be born. “I’ll be the best big brother in the world,” he promised his mom and dad.”
“I know you will, Son,” said Paulette. “The Lord showed your dad and me that you have been praying for a brother or sister. Thank you for praying for your sister and for us.”
At 11:30 p.m., little Priscilla was born. Paulette, Peter and Paul all held their new bundle of joy for a moment.
“Hi, little sister,” said Paul. “I’m so glad you’re here. When you’re a little older, I plan to take you fishing with me. I’ll even bait your hook for you until you learn to do it yourself.”
“Paul,” said Paulette. “Did you stop to think that she may be more interested in playing with dolls than she will be in fishing?”
 “Yes, I did, Mom,” said Paul. “And I’ll make a deal with you. I’ll teach her all I know about fishing, if you’ll teach her everything you know about dolls!”
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Published on on 09/27/2010.


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