Ali’s bedtime routine includes a bible story and prayers. She loves both, which is so wonderful. I love that she begs to read the bible and to pray!
Ali has her own bible, a children’s bible, of course. She calls it “Ali Bible” (which sounds a just a little bit like “Ali Baba”). Being a children’s bible, they usually “softball” the stories a bit, and write them in a way that children can comprehend. However, sometimes they are comically blunt. Here are the stories from the last two nights:
God told his people to listen to Moses, but some of them said they wouldn’t obey Moses any more. God is very angry with these men. God tells everyone to get away from them, because He is going to hurt them. Then all of a sudden the ground opens up and there is a big hole. They fall down into the ground, along with their houses and their friends, and everything they own. Then the earth closes up again and they are all killed.
Can you see all the snakes in this picture? Do you know why they are biting the people? It is because the people have been bad again. So God has sent these poisonous snakes to come bite the people, and many of the people are dying. They have come to Moses. They say, “We have been bad. Please ask God to take away the snakes.” So Moses prayed for the people and the Lord told him to make a brass snake and put it on a pole. Moses took a hammer and some brass and made a snake. It isn’t a real snake; it isn’t alive. God told Moses that anyone who looked at the snake on the pole would get well again. The people in the picture are looking at the brass snake on the pole. Now they will be all right. But anyone who won’t look will die.
Sweet Dreams, Ali!!