Father God, in the morning
when we are together,
I sit with my feet up
on a big black bear footrest
that my girls gave me
a few years ago.
The bear has a different ribbon
tied around his neck
for the various seasons and holidays.
Sometimes visitors are startled
until they realize
that he is stuffed
He is both useful and a bit of fun.
We need to keep a sense of humor, Father
over some things that are hard to explain.

2 Kings 2:23-24:
He (Elisha) went up from there to Bethel; and while he was going up on the way, some small boys came out of the city and jeered at him, saying, “Go away, baldhead! Go away baldhead!” When he turned around and saw them, he cursed them in the name of the Lord. Then two she-bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of the boys.


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