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The Pearls

The cheerful little girl with bouncy golden curls
was almost five. Waiting with her mother at the
checkout stand, she saw them, a circle of glist-
ening white pearls in a pink foilbox. "Oh please,
Mommy. Can I have them? Please,

Mommy, please?" Quickly the mother checked the
back of the little foil box and then looked back
into the pleading blue eyes of her little girl's
upturned face. "A dollar ninety-five. That's
almost $2.00. If you really want them, I'll
think of some extra chores for you and in no
time you can save enough money to buy them for
yourself. Your birthday's only a week away and
you might get another crisp dollar bill from

As soon as Jenny got home, she emptied her
penny bank and counted out 17 pennies. After
dinner, she did more than her share of chores
and she went to the neighbor and asked Mrs.
McJames if she could pick dandelions for ten
cents. On her birthday, Grandma did give her
another new dollar bill and at last she had
enough money to buy the necklace. Jenny loved
her pearls. They made her feel dressed up and
grown up. She wore them everywhere, Sunday
school, kindergarten, even to bed. The only
time she took them off was when she went
swimming or had a bubble bath. Mother said if
they got wet, they might turn her neck green.

Jenny had a very loving daddy and every night
when she was ready for bed, he would stop
whatever he was doing and come upstairs to
read her a story. One night as he finished
the story, he asked Jenny, "Do you love me?"
"Oh yes, daddy. You know that I love you."
"Then give me your pearls." "Oh, daddy, not
my pearls. But you can have princess, the
white horse from my collection, the one with
the pink tail. Remember, daddy? The one you
gave me. She's my very favorite." "That's
okay, Honey, daddy loves you. Good night."
And he brushed her cheek with a kiss. About
a week later, after the story time, Jenny's
daddy asked again, "Do you love me?" "Daddy,
you know I love you." "Then give me your
pearls." "Oh Daddy, not my pearls. But you
can have my baby doll. The brand new one
I got for my birthday. She is beautiful and
you can have the yellow blanket that matches
her sleeper." "That's okay. Sleep well. God
bless you, little one. Daddy loves you."
And as always, he brushed her cheek with a
gentle kiss. A few nights later when her
daddy came in, Jenny was sitting on her bed
with her legs crossed Indian-style. As he
came close, he noticed her chin was
trembling and one silent tear rolled down
her cheek. "What is it, Jenny? What's the
matter?" Jenny didn't say anything but
lifted her little hand up to her daddy.
And when she opened it, there was her
little pearl necklace. With a little
quiver, she finally aid, "Here, daddy.
This is for you." With tears gathering
in his own eyes, Jenny's daddy reached
out with one hand to take the dime-store
necklace, and with the other hand he
reached into his pocket and pulled out
a blue velvet case with a strand of
genuine pearls and gave them to Jenny.

He had them all the time. He was just waiting
for her to give up the dime-store stuff so he
could give her the genuine treasure. So it is
with our Heavenly Father. He is waiting for us
to give up the cheap things in our lives so that
he can give us beautiful treasures. Isn't God
good? Are you holding onto things that God wants
you to let go of? Are you holding on to harmful
or unnecessary partners, relationships, habits
and activities that you have come so attached
to that it seems impossible to let go? Sometimes
it is so hard to see what is in the other hand,
but do believe this one thing ....

God will never take away something without
giving you something better in its place. You
can do two things with this story: A. Pass it
on and let others be touched by its message;
B. Throw it away and not let it touch your
heart. The greatest gifts happen when you
share love and touch others hearts! GOD IS

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