Azure Guzman

writes from Thompsonville, Illinois.

​My Father’s Gifts

“If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” (Matt. 7:11, KJV).

My daughter is almost 2. Every day I give her all of me. I serve her, I wash her, I feed her, I play with her, and I teach her. She is thankful when I play with her and give her things she wants. She smiles and fills the room with laughter. She has even learned to say thank you. When she is pleasant and willing and cheerful, I say thank you too.

But sometimes I must utter the words she knows well and dislikes greatly: “no” and “naptime.” She is not thankful in …

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