"Daddy, read me another story," Alyssa pleaded while bouncing gently on her mattress.
"Sweetheart, I've already read you five stories..."
"Yeah, but the last one is always the best one. Please!"
Dennis sighed with a smile on his handsome face. He could never say no to his little pride and joy. "Okay, but this is the last one."
This scene was familiar to her mom watching from the hallway. Dennis, the devoted husband and doting dad she loved so much, always there for both of them.
"There once was a man who came to earth. This man loved us all so very much..."
"How much daddy?" Alyssa interrupted frequently, "how much?" she repeated.
"There's no way to measure it sweetheart. He loved us so much he gave his life for us so we could be free. He still loves us and always will. Do you remember his name my tater-tot?"
She smiled, then pointed upward before answering, "Uh-huh...Jesus."
"That's right. Jesus the Son of God, He's our friend, and our Savior."
"Daddy, does He know how much sand is in the beaches?"
"On the beaches...yes, He does. He knows the measure of all things."
She was satisfied with that answer and snuggled into the bed smiling, listening to her dad's words.
"His Father is our Father. You remember, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit...all in one..."
"He looked down at his little angel who was fast asleep, the day finally caught up with her. He kissed her gently as he tucked her in.
"Mom? Mom, are you awake? I've come to visit you. How are you tonight?"
"Who are you?" Alyssa’s mom woke up from a pleasant dream, and peered intently at the pretty lady sitting on her bed in the nursing home. The dream was so nice, and felt real.
"Mom, it's me, your daughter Alyssa." She watched, hoping for some form of recognition, anything....unfortunately there was a vapid stare nothing more.
"Can you read me something, please? I'm so tired I just want to sleep... Please." She closed her eyes, never seeing the tears streaming down her daughter's face.
"Sure...I'll read something mom. She kissed her gently and began..."There once was a man who came to earth. This man loved us all so very much..."
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