POSTED October 10, 1998
By Louise Ferry
"GIFT OR GIVER"
Scripture Reading Reading: Luke 17:11-19
PUPPETS: Dad & Sally
SALLY: Dad, I really had a great time at the beach yesterday except for the birds.
DAD: You mean the sea gulls?
DAD: Why didn't you like them, Sally?
SALLY: Well, it all started when I thought they were hungry.
DAD: I remember. You asked mom for some crackers to feed them.
SALLY: Yes and when I started down the beach I broke the crackers up and started feeding the sea gulls.
DAD: You looked very happy. Why did things change?
SALLY: You see, Dad, I was happy because as I was feeding them they seemed to like me and I liked that.
DAD: And that changed, didn't it?
SALLY: Yes, when the crackers were gone, so were the sea gulls. They didn't like me they just liked the crackers I was feeding them.
DAD: Do you remember your prayer at breakfast yesterday? Try to remember it.
SALLY: Well, it went something like this: "Dear Jesus, bless this food. Give us good weather and a good time. Give us safety. Keep Butch from fussing. Amen." I think that was it.
DAD: You see, Sally, I think sometimes we act somewhat like those sea gulls.
SALLY: Dad, how do we act like sea gulls?
DAD: Our prayers often express more 'gimmie' than gratitude for what Jesus has already done for us.
SALLY: Oh, I see what you are getting at.
DAD: We should seek the Lord Himself and not just the blessings or gifts that He gives us.
SALLY: I guess you're right. The next time I pray I'm going to thank the Lord for the things He's given me before I ask for anything else.
DAD: That's good, Sally. We all need to remember that. See you everybody.
SALLY: Bye boys and girls. (puppets down)
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