Excerpted from Chapter 2: Visit from God in Growing Faith: Stories with a Message for Today’s Youth. The short story is by Cheryl Rogers, who edited and compiled the short story collection encouraging young people to live for God.
Sara was in her new blue-and-white Sunday dress and white patent leather shoes, skipping on the clouds. In the distance there appeared to be an old man with white hair and a long white beard, sitting on a throne. As she approached, she stopped and stared. Who was this, she wondered.
As she stared, he noticed her and called to her. “Oh, there you are Sara, my dear. Come see me,” he said with a smile. His eyes seemed to be dancing.
Sara approached him slowly, wondering how he knew her name. “Who are you?” she asked quietly. “How did you know my name?”
He smiled even more broadly and seemed to stare right through to her insides. “Sara, I named you. I made you. How would I not know you?” He reached for her so he could boost her onto his lap.
She raised her hands toward him and he lifted her and placed her gently on his lap. “Now there, are you comfy?”
“Yes, sir,” Sara nodded.
“I am so glad you came,” he began softly. “I wanted to have a little chat with you.”
As Sara looked into his face full of love she was reminded of the jolly fat man who sat on a throne in the malls at Christmas time: Santa Claus. “Oh, I think I know who you are,” Sara began. “You’re Santa, right? Is this where I get to tell you the toys I want?”
He broke into hearty laughter. “Well, I don’t mind if you tell me about the toys you want,” he said. “But that’s not exactly what I had in mind. First, let’s talk about who I am.”
He seemed to caress Sara with his glance. “You are every bit as beautiful as I planned for you to be,” he said.
“Do you know who I am?”
“No-oo,” Sara replied, shaking her head.
“I’m your father.”
“I already have a mommy and daddy,” Sara replied.
“Of course you do. I gave them to you. I am their father too.”
“So are you my grandfather?” Sara asked.
“Well, no, but you are getting the right idea,” he answered. “I am your spiritual father. I am the father of mankind – your father, your mother and father’s father, even your grandfather’s father.”
Sara’s face shined suddenly, with understanding. “You are God?” she asked. “God the father? Like in the Our Father?”
A former newspaper reporter, Cheryl Rogers came to know the Lord as an adult through a devastating illness. When she surrendered her life to God, he healed her. Finally, she knew what she was supposed to write about.
Cheryl has since dedicated herself to spreading the Good News of our Lord Jesus Christ. She writes both fiction and nonfiction for all age groups, but delights in telling stories to encourage young people to surrender their lives to God.
Growing Faith: Stories with a Message for Today’s Youth is Cheryl’s latest project. It is a compilation of six short stories from four authors, including Edith Edremoda, author of Entangled-The Path of Choice; David C. Russell, author of Winds of Change; Kim Leatherman, author of The Hapless Housewife blog; and Rogers, author of Lost in the Woods: A Bible Camp Mystery. Growing Faith encourages young people to surrender their lives to God and do what he says. It is available from Amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GRB1UYG