Proverbs Meets Jack and Sally
One day, when the leaves were bright with oranges, reds, and browns, Proverbs had some very special visitors. Two children with their mom from town, who would soon become his very best friends.
These two children, Jack and Sally, were brother and sister. Their mother asked if they would like to go to Knowledge Forest to gather some leaves, pinecones, and acorns. Jack and Sally loved to help Mom make fall decorations for their house! And could not wait to collect nature’s treasure, as they called them.
The sun was bright over head, but the wind was a little cool and crispy. Mom made sure that Jack and Sally had their coats buttoned tight and gloves on their hands. The walk was full of finding treasure, running, laughing, and playing in the fallen leaves. The three of them were so busy finding nature’s fall decorations, that they did not realize they had reached an opening in the trees.
“Well, hello there,” Proverbs greeted them with out-stretched arms and a smile as big as the sun.
“Hello,” Mom replied.
“My name is Proverbs.” he said.
“Oh, we know who you are!” Jack exclaimed excitedly.
“Would you like to come and sit by my warm fire?” Proverbs asked. “I have some hot chocolate, too.”
Sally smiled and said, “Well, hot chocolate is my favorite drink”.
Mom looked at her two little ones and knew a rest would be a good idea. Because they still had to walk all the way back home.
“Yes, it would be very nice, thank you, “ Mom said as she showed Jack and Sally where to sit by the fire.
Proverbs brought out the hot chocolate and everyone introduced themselves.
“Now we are all friends,” Proverbs said as he winked at the children.
Jack and Sally spent the rest of the afternoon showing Proverbs the leaves, nuts, acorns, and pinecones they had found. While Mom stretched her legs out in front of the fire and sipped on her hot chocolate. Proverbs had some good ideas about how to make wreaths and baskets out of their nature treasure. He even showed them a trick which he uses to sew the leaves together.
By now, the sun was starting to go down and the air was becoming colder. Mom knew they would need to get home before dark.
Mom stood up, stretched and said, “We really need to go before it gets dark”.
Jack and Sally gave her their sad, puppy faces, hoping she would change her mind. They were having so much fun with Proverbs!
Proverbs saw their sad faces and said, “You will have to come back to visit me”.
“Can we, Mom?” they asked together.
Mom smiled and agreed that they could all come back soon, to visit Proverbs.
Proverbs asked them to wait a moment and said, “Now before you leave, I must tell you some knowledge to take with you”.
He pulled out his bible.
“Hmmmm, let’s see,” Proverbs mumbled as he slowly turned the pages. “Yes, here it is, Proverbs 1:8 – 1:9”.
And he read,
“My children, listen to your father’s advice. Don’t turn away from your mother’s teaching. What they teach you will be like a beautiful crown on your head. It will be like a chain to decorate your neck”.
Proverbs closed his bible and spoke to Jack and Sally, “Yes, I can see a crown on both of your heads for listening to your mother’s instructions, while gathering your treasures today”.
And he leaned over to place a pretend crown on Jack and Sally’s heads.
They all waved good-bye, knowing they would be back to visit Proverbs very soon.