Advent devotion: Have faith, little one

News | December 2, 2016

By Kerri Rehn

On a sunny day in June when I was 17 years old, I was home alone, singing and playing the piano (very loudly, no doubt). I had mastered several of the songs in my Disney songbook, and that day’s mission was to conquer Someone’s Waiting for You from the movie The Rescuers. One particular part of the song proved to be more difficult for me to play than the rest — kerri-rehn-1

Always keep a little prayer in your pocket
And you’re sure to see the light
Soon there’ll be joy and happiness
And your little world will be bright

Gosh, I remember singing and playing this part over and over for what seemed like hours — and I just couldn’t get it.

After a while, I was starting to feel like I was getting very close to mastering this beautiful song, and I noticed that my Grandpa and Grandma Esbaum were pulling into the driveway. They had been given the sad duty to deliver the shocking news that my Grandpa on my Mom’s side of the family had suddenly and unexpectedly passed away.

Oh, Gramps. While absorbing the devastating news, I couldn’t help but be astounded by God. What I needed in that moment was staring right at me.

I remember holding my songbook and reading that remarkable verse that gave me so much trouble. I remember feeling a little tug reading the lyrics

Be brave, little one
Someone’s waiting for you
Don’t cry, little one
Have faith, little one

I was Grandpa’s “Littlest One”—the youngest of his grandchildren.

When I was 17, I wasn’t quite sure what to think about faith. I will never forget the first time I knew God was right there — never faltering, always loving and taking care of me.

Kerri is a stay-at-home mom and reviewer on Books for Babies Blog.

One comment on “Advent devotion: Have faith, little one”

  • Ryan Bailey

    December 6, 2016 at 8:43 am

    What a powerful memory — and perfect for Advent! Thank you for taking the time to write this for the rest of us, Kerri.

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