For Little Friends

By D. A. Stone


Zacchaeus Repents

Joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance (Luke 15:7).

Zacchaeus was a tax collector who lived in Jericho. Many people hated Zacchaeus, not only because he was rich and powerful, but also because they thought that he was a sinner because of his job.

Zacchaeus heard that Jesus was coming to visit Jericho, and wanted to see him. When he went to the place where Jesus would be passing by, Zacchaeus saw a great crowd of people lining the street. He was too short to see over the crowd, so he climbed a tree.

As Jesus came near the tree, he looked up and told Zacchaeus to come down quickly because he, Jesus, was going to stay at Zacchaeus’s house that day.

The people were surprised. They murmured among themselves because Jesus was going to be the guest of a sinner.

Zacchaeus climbed down from the tree and hurried to his house. When Jesus arrived, Zacchaeus said that he was going to give half of all he owned to the poor. He also said that if he had wrongly taken anything from anyone, he would give back four times as much as he had taken.

Then Jesus said to Zacchaeus, “This day is salvation come to this house. … For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:9–10).

[illustration] Painting by Gary Kapp

Counting on Spring

One daffodil sways in a gentle breeze
And nods hello to the leafy green trees.
Two puppies chase their tails around
Till they fall down, dizzy, right on the ground.
Three puffy white clouds go sailing by,
Floating high in a blue, blue sky.
Four puddles look so warm and muddy
I just have to share them with a buddy.
Five trees climb high above the eaves,
And I can play hide-and-seek through their leaves.
Six yellow ducks say, “Quack, quack, quack.”
I watch them march, and say, “Quack,” right back!
Seven plump robins hop quickly along.
I hear their cheery, chirping song.
Eight dapper dandelions, kings of weeds,
Nod and scatter their clouds of seeds.
Nine drops of rain so gently fall
To help the grass and flowers grow tall.
Ten tulips make me dance and sing
For—it’s no secret—it’s finally SPRING!

[illustrations] Illustrated by Susan Curtis

Mother’s Day Thread Balloon

You will need: cotton embroidery thread, a bowl, glue, water, and a rubber balloon.

  1. 1.

    Blow up the balloon.

  2. 2.

    Mix equal parts of glue and water in a bowl.

  3. 3.

    Soak the embroidery thread in the mixture.

  4. 4.

    Wrap the thread around the rubber balloon (see illustration) a number of times, first running the thread between your thumb and pointer finger to strip off excess liquid.

  5. 5.

    Let the thread dry thoroughly in a warm, dry place. (If the rubber balloon shrinks before the thread is dry, the thread balloon will be lopsided.)

  6. 6.

    With help from an adult, if needed, pop the rubber balloon and carefully remove it.

  7. 7.

    If the thread balloon is too weak, try again with heavier thread or a little more glue in the mixture.

  8. 8.

    You can make several thread balloons and attach a string to each one; then your mother can hang them up as ornaments.