May Days are Gay Days!

Vacation wind is blowing and the air is heavy with the fragrance of holiday. With the exams behind you it’s time to rest, relax and recoup. Holiday is an oasis in the harsh and fiery deserts of modern existence.

Don’t let post-examination depression spoil your precious holidays. You can’t change the past. But you can ruin a beautiful present by worrying about the future. There are those who in the aftermath of a doubtful performance are worried stiff and start tracing their answer papers for “follow-up!” Never give in to such temptation for malpractices. Just praise God whenever worry takes over.

These days education has become too academic. Have an intake for your overall development - physical, mental, spiritual and social - during vacation. Perhaps you have to prepare for tests to enter a professional college or a competitive exam. In any case don’t get lost with books.

Get into some physical activity. Choose an outdoor game and play daily. find an open space, make your own court and start hitting the ball. When we were young we used to buy worn-out tennis balls and nets from a club at throw-away price. We would gather the neighbours for Vimto matches. The losers would buy Vimto (now Thums Up) to the winners. Oh, how we squealed with excitement! That created a friendly atmosphere and linked the entire neighbourhood. This is the best way to thrash out compartmentalised life and mingle with folks.

You may go with your daddy to help him in his work, be it farming, carpentry, printing, masonry, or whatever. Knowledge is never a waste.

Give vent to your desires so far repressed by pressure of studies. You can plan a bicycle trip to the next town with your friends or hill-climbing or swimming. Girls should not fall into a lacklustre routine. None of the above activities is exempt for you. Wear a salwar suit and off you go. Don’t stretch yourself on the cot all day long with a novel in hand like a satiated python. Neighbourhood teenagers can bring dinner out to the open and eat under the moonlight, swapping stories. Get involved in the household chores. Learning cooking is not an option for girls. It is a must. Take up at least one daily chore like sweeping or washing and relieve your mom. When holidays started we would jump and yell, “Welcome Holiday!” All hell would break loose. When school reopened and we left home with long faces our parents would beam with delight shouting, “Welcome School!” Got the point? Parents should not end up with delightful devils at home all day long. Neighbourhood girls can join and cook the old fashioned way with firewood in a picnic spot and have a gala meal. Gardening is an excellent pastime. Make your garden bloom. Even God had a garden (Gen 13:10; Isa 51:3).

God also took a break from His work. He created the universe in six days and rested on the seventh day (Gen 2:2,3). That shows how He respects vacationing. He insists that man should rest from his routine. He commanded rest even for the land, one year for every six years of cultivation (Lev 25:1-4). Jesus took His disciples away to rest and relax (Mk 6:31). So don’t feel guilty about fun and frolic.

Develop a hobby. It could be painting, stamp collection, flying kites, etc. Watch good TV programmes like The World this Week and The News. But don’t spend hours before the tube. It is neither good for the eyes nor for the mind. You may learn music also.

Dreaming is part of life. Dream about your future. Take long walks in a natural setting. Dream and observe as you walk. Jesus was a walker. He walked miles along the seashore, lakeside and hills. He was in touch with nature. So He talked naturally about birds, flowers, fish, animals, trees, rain and storm, sheep and shepherd or a reed swaying in the wind. He had observed new wine burst out of old wineskins. He had even observed mama kneading dough with leaven and the dough lifting up the lid! His general knowledge was mammoth.

Lie down under the starry summer sky and dream about God and heaven. That will knit you close with your Creator and stir up your love for Him. You should take time to be just doing nothing. Joseph was a dreamer and wov! His dreams came true. Paul needed a three year furlough to dream. He came back bubbling with new ideas and bursting with pressure-cooker energy!

During school or college you might have had to hurry through your daily scripture portion. Now you can read, meditate and write down in your Bible notebook. Spend a little extra time in prayer. Read one or two missionary biographies. Involve in church activities. If there is a Vacation Bible School, involve yourself. Join a Summer Missionary Team. It is a breathtaking experience. You travel, walk long distance, cook, bathe in a well or stream, sleep on the floor, kill snakes and scorpions, climb hills and preach the gospel. It is adventurous! One of our teams witnessed a heard of elephants while crossing a forest.

In all probability there is a wedding in your family or some other social gathering this vacation. Don’t shy away from such merrymaking. There is a time to be mischievous too! Write to old friends. Call on some relatives and friends. The world is becoming more and more impersonal. Develop warm relationships.

It is a good idea to visit a Blind Home, Orphanage or Old People’s Home. Touch them, hug them and show your love to them. It alters their chemistry. May be you can organise an entertainment for them. Visit a refugee colony and listen to their tales of woe. Observe poverty and social evils wherever you go. These experiences will change your life forever.

If opportunity presents, attend a musical concert or a cricket match. If there is a circus or exhibition, do not miss!

Our daddy used to force us to lie down and rest in the afternoon, so he could get a wink of rest. Once we heard him snore we would get down and crawl under the cot on all fours toward the exit, yearning to breathe free. We would climb on trees to collect crows’ eggs and the crows would come down on us with a whoosh and hit us. Daddy taught us to make a pin-hole at both  ends of an egg and blow out the contents. He made a glass case to arrange our egg collection. We would catch tadpoles and grow them in our backyard. We would start with the top of the sugarcane and chew down the six feet through. Mom would swim and bicycle with us and bathe in the rain. She treated us kids as little people, supremely valuable in this world. We always had a bag of tricks to irritate the next door nanny. Oh, how I long for those days as David longed for the waters of Bethlehem! Now I am a mom and am looking forward to our daughter’s homecoming to have a real good holiday.

Dear Moms and Dads, take time off your frenetic schedule to enjoy the holiday with your children. Don’t feel old. Though we show the grown-up part, inside we are still the laughing children, the shy teens, the dream filled youths. The trick is in growing up without growing old. The remnant of your childhood is inside you. Stroll along familiar paths where all your yesterdays are buried deep and narrate those old old stories to your children. That will not only beat your bad mood but also be a priceless time of catharsis and ventilation for the children.

Wish you a Happy Holiday!

 

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      Dec 02, 2020
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  •   December 1 Myths women believe
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 Daily Devotional for Women (English)

  •   367. December 31 Golden Girl
      Dec 31, 2019
    Now the Golden Girl has climbed from her state, step by step, to the right hand of the King. She is now the bride and the queen. Let?s see the blessings of the right hand of God more...
  •   366. December 30 Golden Girl
      Dec 30, 2019
    The enemy has all the gold but God will give it to us more...
  •   365. December 29 Golden Girl
      Dec 29, 2019
    Your faith is costlier than gold more...
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 Little Stories for Little Hearts Vol 4

  •   051. Blessed Accident
      Feb 21, 2018
    A sailor wanted to go round the world in a boat and set up a record. Sadly, a storm lashed his boat and it broke to pieces. The sailor swam and reached a small uninhabited island. He ate wild fruits and roots and survived. He made a more...
  •   052. Offense
      Feb 21, 2018
    An elaborate feast was arranged for all the palace staff on the occasion of Queen Elizabeth?s birthday. It was a grand affair. The table was loaded with a variety of dishes. Everybody enjoyed the feast and sat down for dessert. In the meanwhile the table more...
  •   053. Great and Small
      Feb 21, 2018
    A small zero collided with a big zero. ?Don?t you have any sense? Don?t you know I am much bigger than you?? asked the big zero; ?You must be ashamed of yourself.? more...
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 Little Stories for Little Hearts Vol 3

  •   094 Ant and Worm
      Jun 01, 2016
    An ant was majestically walking along a forest. She saw a worm crawling. The ant told the worm: ?Look at me. I am so brisk and smart. You should be faster and dress up beautifully. You look ugly.? Despising the worm the ant moved along. more...
  •   095 Diligence Pays
      Jun 01, 2016
    Ragu was very jealous of the humble minister, Ra more...
  •   096 Poor Minister
      Jun 01, 2016
    A poor minister of God used to go to a rich businessman asking for contribution for the work he was doing in villages. The rich man would give excuses and ask hi more...
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 Little Stories for Little Hearts Vol 2

  •   001 The Modern Prodigal
      Jul 11, 2013
    The Modern Prodigal more...
  •   002 Lower One Foot, Lord!
      Jul 11, 2013
    Lower One Foot, Lord! more...
  •   003 Beautiful Cheques
      Jul 11, 2013
    Beautiful Cheques more...
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 Little Stories For Little Hearts

  •   Introduction
      Jun 06, 2013
    Story Behind The Stories more...
  •   001. Is GOD For Real
      Jun 05, 2013
    There were two scientists. One was a believer in the true God and another was an aetheist more...
  •   002.The Language of Love!
      Jun 05, 2013
    A circus was running in town, and crowds elbowed each other to buy tickets. One day an unusual incident happened more...
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 Sweet Sixteen

  •   019 - Mala the Great!
      Jun 25, 2015
    7 Dec 1988 Dear Aunty, It?s been 2 months since we were in touch. I?m saturated with ?news? to give you and nearly bursting with curiosity to hear what?s been happening at your end. The last letter you wrote to me was an eye-opener. To more...
  •   020 - The Rainbow
      Jun 25, 2015
    On the day she arrived, she was at my doorstep! ?Hi aunty? ?Oh Mala, how are you?? She shook my hand so long and hard that it ached, and planted a kiss on my cheek - so unusual of her. ?Why didn?t you write aunty?? ?Oh, I knew you?d be coming soon. So more...
  •   021 - What to Do?
      Jun 25, 2015
    7 Jan 1989 Dear Aunty, Christmas holidays were great fun. It was lovely getting in touch with friends and relatives. On New Year?s Day I gleaned thro? my diary- There was so much to thank God for! My friend Esther is in Rajasthan. She wrote asking for g more...
  • Click here for more 

 Family

  •   Creepers Without Support
      Sep 30, 2016
    Creepers Without Support The Bible mentions ?pure religion? only once. ?Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unspotted from the world? (Js 1:2 more...
  •   Mothers,Be Mothers!
      Sep 30, 2016
    Mothers,Be Mothers! In the first chapter of Proverbs we meet the dynamic personality called mother. She is presented not as a wobbly- footed weakling but as one who passes the law. Even inside the home she does not appear as a second class citizen, ra more...
  •   The Mother-in-laws Son!
      Sep 17, 2016
    Many a wife would introduce her mate as her mother-in-law?s son, rather than as her husband. Nearly 80% of Indian husbands continue to be (their mother?s) sons. According to a recent statistics, not less than 10% of suicides in India are due to the proble more...
  • Click here for more 

 Ministry

  •   I am a Missionary!
      Aug 14, 2018
    1. I am a missionary and so I work for God and not for an organisation. Though I am under the discipline of an organisation, whatever I do, I do with the fear of God. God is my Master and so I subject myself to the leaders. I quell any rebellious spirit t more...
  •   Sewer turned Sower!
      Mar 13, 2017
    To understand John chapter 4, we must first understand about the Samaritans. Samaria was between Judea and Galilee so much so any Jew travelling from Galilee to Judea or Judea to Galilee needed to go through it. Many Jews, because of the aversion they ha more...
  •   Afraid of Iron Chariots?
      Jun 29, 2016
    Afraid of Iron Chariots? more...
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 Women

  •   Golden Girl
      Aug 27, 2018
    As India basks in the glory of the golden girls who kissed their gold medals in the 2018 Asian Games, let us meditate upon the Golden Girl who glitters in the Scriptures. The Psalmist profiles her in his 45th Psalm: ?At Your right hand is the royal bride more...
  •   Sister Sodom
      Jan 16, 2017
    Sodom is always associated with wicked ''men''. But here God calls her as 'Sister Sodom!' more...
  •   Women,Leaven and Heaven!
      Sep 30, 2016
    Women,Leaven and Heaven! 'The Kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leavened ' ,said Jesus (Mt 13:33). more...
  • Click here for more 

 Youth

  •   A Teenagers Story
      Oct 04, 2017
    In the Bible we read about many teenagers. One such is David. When we are introduced to him, he is probably fifteen or sixteen, trying his more...
  •   Why Not Wait ?
      Oct 21, 2016
    It was a whirlwind romance - all moon-beams and star dust; until one day in a moment of madness, they succumbed to each other?s charms. That was the last cruise of their love boat. The world seemed to crash around her when she fo more...
  •   May Days are Gay Days!
      Oct 19, 2016
    Vacation wind is blowing and the air is heavy with the fragrance of holiday. With the exams behind you it?s time to rest, relax and recoup. Holiday is an oasis in the harsh and fiery deserts of modern existence more...
  • Click here for more 

 General

  •   Foliage or Fruits?
      May 10, 2020
    God brought Israel from Egypt to the land of Canaan where they flourished. But when they picked up the idolatrous practices of the neighbouring nations, God in His vexation drove them out of the land more...
  •   The Root of the Matter
      Apr 05, 2020
    The Root of the Matter more...
  •   WAKE UP!
      Mar 28, 2020
    WAKE UP! more...
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 Daily Devotional for Women (Tamil)

  •   December 2 Myths women believe
      Dec 02, 2020
    Myths women believe more...
  •   December 1 Myths women believe
      Dec 01, 2020
    Myths women believe more...
  •   November 30 Let me out, Let me out!
      Nov 30, 2020
    Let me out, Let me out! more...
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 Daily Devotional for Women (English)

  •   367. December 31 Golden Girl
      Dec 31, 2019
    Now the Golden Girl has climbed from her state, step by step, to the right hand of the King. She is now the bride and the queen. Let?s see the blessings of the right hand of God more...
  •   366. December 30 Golden Girl
      Dec 30, 2019
    The enemy has all the gold but God will give it to us more...
  •   365. December 29 Golden Girl
      Dec 29, 2019
    Your faith is costlier than gold more...
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 Little Stories for Little Hearts Vol 4

  •   051. Blessed Accident
      Feb 21, 2018
    A sailor wanted to go round the world in a boat and set up a record. Sadly, a storm lashed his boat and it broke to pieces. The sailor swam and reached a small uninhabited island. He ate wild fruits and roots and survived. He made a more...
  •   052. Offense
      Feb 21, 2018
    An elaborate feast was arranged for all the palace staff on the occasion of Queen Elizabeth?s birthday. It was a grand affair. The table was loaded with a variety of dishes. Everybody enjoyed the feast and sat down for dessert. In the meanwhile the table more...
  •   053. Great and Small
      Feb 21, 2018
    A small zero collided with a big zero. ?Don?t you have any sense? Don?t you know I am much bigger than you?? asked the big zero; ?You must be ashamed of yourself.? more...
  • Click here for more 

 Little Stories for Little Hearts Vol 3

  •   094 Ant and Worm
      Jun 01, 2016
    An ant was majestically walking along a forest. She saw a worm crawling. The ant told the worm: ?Look at me. I am so brisk and smart. You should be faster and dress up beautifully. You look ugly.? Despising the worm the ant moved along. more...
  •   095 Diligence Pays
      Jun 01, 2016
    Ragu was very jealous of the humble minister, Ra more...
  •   096 Poor Minister
      Jun 01, 2016
    A poor minister of God used to go to a rich businessman asking for contribution for the work he was doing in villages. The rich man would give excuses and ask hi more...
  • Click here for more 

 Little Stories for Little Hearts Vol 2

  •   001 The Modern Prodigal
      Jul 11, 2013
    The Modern Prodigal more...
  •   002 Lower One Foot, Lord!
      Jul 11, 2013
    Lower One Foot, Lord! more...
  •   003 Beautiful Cheques
      Jul 11, 2013
    Beautiful Cheques more...
  • Click here for more 

 Little Stories For Little Hearts

  •   Introduction
      Jun 06, 2013
    Story Behind The Stories more...
  •   001. Is GOD For Real
      Jun 05, 2013
    There were two scientists. One was a believer in the true God and another was an aetheist more...
  •   002.The Language of Love!
      Jun 05, 2013
    A circus was running in town, and crowds elbowed each other to buy tickets. One day an unusual incident happened more...
  • Click here for more 

 Sweet Sixteen

  •   019 - Mala the Great!
      Jun 25, 2015
    7 Dec 1988 Dear Aunty, It?s been 2 months since we were in touch. I?m saturated with ?news? to give you and nearly bursting with curiosity to hear what?s been happening at your end. The last letter you wrote to me was an eye-opener. To more...
  •   020 - The Rainbow
      Jun 25, 2015
    On the day she arrived, she was at my doorstep! ?Hi aunty? ?Oh Mala, how are you?? She shook my hand so long and hard that it ached, and planted a kiss on my cheek - so unusual of her. ?Why didn?t you write aunty?? ?Oh, I knew you?d be coming soon. So more...
  •   021 - What to Do?
      Jun 25, 2015
    7 Jan 1989 Dear Aunty, Christmas holidays were great fun. It was lovely getting in touch with friends and relatives. On New Year?s Day I gleaned thro? my diary- There was so much to thank God for! My friend Esther is in Rajasthan. She wrote asking for g more...
  • Click here for more 

 Family

  •   Creepers Without Support
      Sep 30, 2016
    Creepers Without Support The Bible mentions ?pure religion? only once. ?Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unspotted from the world? (Js 1:2 more...
  •   Mothers,Be Mothers!
      Sep 30, 2016
    Mothers,Be Mothers! In the first chapter of Proverbs we meet the dynamic personality called mother. She is presented not as a wobbly- footed weakling but as one who passes the law. Even inside the home she does not appear as a second class citizen, ra more...
  •   The Mother-in-laws Son!
      Sep 17, 2016
    Many a wife would introduce her mate as her mother-in-law?s son, rather than as her husband. Nearly 80% of Indian husbands continue to be (their mother?s) sons. According to a recent statistics, not less than 10% of suicides in India are due to the proble more...
  • Click here for more 

 Ministry

  •   I am a Missionary!
      Aug 14, 2018
    1. I am a missionary and so I work for God and not for an organisation. Though I am under the discipline of an organisation, whatever I do, I do with the fear of God. God is my Master and so I subject myself to the leaders. I quell any rebellious spirit t more...
  •   Sewer turned Sower!
      Mar 13, 2017
    To understand John chapter 4, we must first understand about the Samaritans. Samaria was between Judea and Galilee so much so any Jew travelling from Galilee to Judea or Judea to Galilee needed to go through it. Many Jews, because of the aversion they ha more...
  •   Afraid of Iron Chariots?
      Jun 29, 2016
    Afraid of Iron Chariots? more...
  • Click here for more 

 Women

  •   Golden Girl
      Aug 27, 2018
    As India basks in the glory of the golden girls who kissed their gold medals in the 2018 Asian Games, let us meditate upon the Golden Girl who glitters in the Scriptures. The Psalmist profiles her in his 45th Psalm: ?At Your right hand is the royal bride more...
  •   Sister Sodom
      Jan 16, 2017
    Sodom is always associated with wicked ''men''. But here God calls her as 'Sister Sodom!' more...
  •   Women,Leaven and Heaven!
      Sep 30, 2016
    Women,Leaven and Heaven! 'The Kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leavened ' ,said Jesus (Mt 13:33). more...
  • Click here for more 

 Youth

  •   A Teenagers Story
      Oct 04, 2017
    In the Bible we read about many teenagers. One such is David. When we are introduced to him, he is probably fifteen or sixteen, trying his more...
  •   Why Not Wait ?
      Oct 21, 2016
    It was a whirlwind romance - all moon-beams and star dust; until one day in a moment of madness, they succumbed to each other?s charms. That was the last cruise of their love boat. The world seemed to crash around her when she fo more...
  •   May Days are Gay Days!
      Oct 19, 2016
    Vacation wind is blowing and the air is heavy with the fragrance of holiday. With the exams behind you it?s time to rest, relax and recoup. Holiday is an oasis in the harsh and fiery deserts of modern existence more...
  • Click here for more 

 General

  •   Foliage or Fruits?
      May 10, 2020
    God brought Israel from Egypt to the land of Canaan where they flourished. But when they picked up the idolatrous practices of the neighbouring nations, God in His vexation drove them out of the land more...
  •   The Root of the Matter
      Apr 05, 2020
    The Root of the Matter more...
  •   WAKE UP!
      Mar 28, 2020
    WAKE UP! more...
  • Click here for more 

 

May Days are Gay Days!

Vacation wind is blowing and the air is heavy with the fragrance of holiday. With the exams behind you it’s time to rest, relax and recoup. Holiday is an oasis in the harsh and fiery deserts of modern existence.

Don’t let post-examination depression spoil your precious holidays. You can’t change the past. But you can ruin a beautiful present by worrying about the future. There are those who in the aftermath of a doubtful performance are worried stiff and start tracing their answer papers for “follow-up!” Never give in to such temptation for malpractices. Just praise God whenever worry takes over.

These days education has become too academic. Have an intake for your overall development - physical, mental, spiritual and social - during vacation. Perhaps you have to prepare for tests to enter a professional college or a competitive exam. In any case don’t get lost with books.

Get into some physical activity. Choose an outdoor game and play daily. find an open space, make your own court and start hitting the ball. When we were young we used to buy worn-out tennis balls and nets from a club at throw-away price. We would gather the neighbours for Vimto matches. The losers would buy Vimto (now Thums Up) to the winners. Oh, how we squealed with excitement! That created a friendly atmosphere and linked the entire neighbourhood. This is the best way to thrash out compartmentalised life and mingle with folks.

You may go with your daddy to help him in his work, be it farming, carpentry, printing, masonry, or whatever. Knowledge is never a waste.

Give vent to your desires so far repressed by pressure of studies. You can plan a bicycle trip to the next town with your friends or hill-climbing or swimming. Girls should not fall into a lacklustre routine. None of the above activities is exempt for you. Wear a salwar suit and off you go. Don’t stretch yourself on the cot all day long with a novel in hand like a satiated python. Neighbourhood teenagers can bring dinner out to the open and eat under the moonlight, swapping stories. Get involved in the household chores. Learning cooking is not an option for girls. It is a must. Take up at least one daily chore like sweeping or washing and relieve your mom. When holidays started we would jump and yell, “Welcome Holiday!” All hell would break loose. When school reopened and we left home with long faces our parents would beam with delight shouting, “Welcome School!” Got the point? Parents should not end up with delightful devils at home all day long. Neighbourhood girls can join and cook the old fashioned way with firewood in a picnic spot and have a gala meal. Gardening is an excellent pastime. Make your garden bloom. Even God had a garden (Gen 13:10; Isa 51:3).

God also took a break from His work. He created the universe in six days and rested on the seventh day (Gen 2:2,3). That shows how He respects vacationing. He insists that man should rest from his routine. He commanded rest even for the land, one year for every six years of cultivation (Lev 25:1-4). Jesus took His disciples away to rest and relax (Mk 6:31). So don’t feel guilty about fun and frolic.

Develop a hobby. It could be painting, stamp collection, flying kites, etc. Watch good TV programmes like The World this Week and The News. But don’t spend hours before the tube. It is neither good for the eyes nor for the mind. You may learn music also.

Dreaming is part of life. Dream about your future. Take long walks in a natural setting. Dream and observe as you walk. Jesus was a walker. He walked miles along the seashore, lakeside and hills. He was in touch with nature. So He talked naturally about birds, flowers, fish, animals, trees, rain and storm, sheep and shepherd or a reed swaying in the wind. He had observed new wine burst out of old wineskins. He had even observed mama kneading dough with leaven and the dough lifting up the lid! His general knowledge was mammoth.

Lie down under the starry summer sky and dream about God and heaven. That will knit you close with your Creator and stir up your love for Him. You should take time to be just doing nothing. Joseph was a dreamer and wov! His dreams came true. Paul needed a three year furlough to dream. He came back bubbling with new ideas and bursting with pressure-cooker energy!

During school or college you might have had to hurry through your daily scripture portion. Now you can read, meditate and write down in your Bible notebook. Spend a little extra time in prayer. Read one or two missionary biographies. Involve in church activities. If there is a Vacation Bible School, involve yourself. Join a Summer Missionary Team. It is a breathtaking experience. You travel, walk long distance, cook, bathe in a well or stream, sleep on the floor, kill snakes and scorpions, climb hills and preach the gospel. It is adventurous! One of our teams witnessed a heard of elephants while crossing a forest.

In all probability there is a wedding in your family or some other social gathering this vacation. Don’t shy away from such merrymaking. There is a time to be mischievous too! Write to old friends. Call on some relatives and friends. The world is becoming more and more impersonal. Develop warm relationships.

It is a good idea to visit a Blind Home, Orphanage or Old People’s Home. Touch them, hug them and show your love to them. It alters their chemistry. May be you can organise an entertainment for them. Visit a refugee colony and listen to their tales of woe. Observe poverty and social evils wherever you go. These experiences will change your life forever.

If opportunity presents, attend a musical concert or a cricket match. If there is a circus or exhibition, do not miss!

Our daddy used to force us to lie down and rest in the afternoon, so he could get a wink of rest. Once we heard him snore we would get down and crawl under the cot on all fours toward the exit, yearning to breathe free. We would climb on trees to collect crows’ eggs and the crows would come down on us with a whoosh and hit us. Daddy taught us to make a pin-hole at both  ends of an egg and blow out the contents. He made a glass case to arrange our egg collection. We would catch tadpoles and grow them in our backyard. We would start with the top of the sugarcane and chew down the six feet through. Mom would swim and bicycle with us and bathe in the rain. She treated us kids as little people, supremely valuable in this world. We always had a bag of tricks to irritate the next door nanny. Oh, how I long for those days as David longed for the waters of Bethlehem! Now I am a mom and am looking forward to our daughter’s homecoming to have a real good holiday.

Dear Moms and Dads, take time off your frenetic schedule to enjoy the holiday with your children. Don’t feel old. Though we show the grown-up part, inside we are still the laughing children, the shy teens, the dream filled youths. The trick is in growing up without growing old. The remnant of your childhood is inside you. Stroll along familiar paths where all your yesterdays are buried deep and narrate those old old stories to your children. That will not only beat your bad mood but also be a priceless time of catharsis and ventilation for the children.

Wish you a Happy Holiday!

 

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