Short Story

There lived new parents in the land of Ozzie.
They worked hard and gave birth to two children.
They held them and loved them.
They gave them everything they could ever wish for.
The parents worked hard, giving them no responsibilities.
The children were not happy and wanted more,
The land of Ozzie certainly owed it to them.
They lived here and were they NOT perfect.


They grew up.
What is wrong with this world? Where were the gifts? Where was the joy? they asked.
Groomed to receive they failed not to want.
The Mother grieved and the Father despaired.

The gift of living the rewarding life seemed to the now men to have been withheld
To give to another by serving and working hard was not to be found in their being.
The Mother and Father raised their hand saying,
“The younger generation has gone to the wolves.”
The devil laughed.
“What did you expect?
(c)12/223/08 RKOynes

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About rko777

I am a novice writer and painter who loves to be creative. I love singing but can't sing without a hymnal, except for children's songs. I love to make up my own songs and love the old hymns. I love to garden and got that love from my Mom and Dad who taught be everything I know from planting to harvesting to canning. I'm happy gardening, walking with my pug, JD Sir Winston Churchill, painting, and crafting. I love to spend Saturday's sitting in my rocker going through a bible study. I love working with elementary school aged children and seeing them use their creative gifts. I have taught Sunday school for a number of years and taught in the public schools for 18 years. I might say I'm retired but I spend most of my time subbing and enjoy it immensely. The kids spark my own creativeness.

6 thoughts on “Short Story

  1. Dear land of Ozzie, our world tells your story well. Your last question, “What did you expect?,” feels like a freeze in one’s bones. Wars, crimes, sins, poverty all over Ozzie Land, yet, parents and children are still frozen in the same block of ice, sin, self, what’s for me melody of our song?

    We have an example of a child and how things would turn out from a birth in a manger given in Isaiah 9. Yes, a Child was born many long years ago, and still this day, we can seek the adjectives from Him as listed below for our child, our children!

    “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6 NKJ).

    Today, I pray, beg, seek, sing, speak over my children, counsel from Jesus, the Christ Child that was born on Christmas Day. He’s our wonderful Counselor!
    God is a rewarder of the ones who seek after Him, so I seek Him as my Counselor for myself and my children. I seek Him for yours as well as all the children of the world.

    Oh, how I sing for the children, “red, yellow, black, and white they are precious in His sight, Jesus loves the little children of the world.”

  2. In the real land of Ozzie, that is God’s Kingdom it is never to late to reverse the curse of self to the blessing of giving, being and living a life with a plan patterned after the master plan that was set in motion for your life. God will bless and prosper you and lead you in the abundant life He has prepared for you. This life is full of the juices of joy, hope, peace and love. It leaves not one little corner of our being lacking.

    Read Deuteronomy 28 for “Blessings for Obeying and Curses for Disobeying” the rules of the Kingdom of God.

    Be blessed in ’09!

  3. Rena, your story is a sobering reminder of Proverbs 22:6: “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. (d) Bring him up virtuously and he will continue so.” (Geneva study Bible)
    I also was reminded of a a famous quote which Sara referred to in her book “Throwing Your Light Forward” and interestingly it is found in the context of and chapter on ‘clarifying our relationships’ It reads “…my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you –ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man”. (inaugural address of Pres John F. Kennedy, Jan 20, 1961).
    As parents, many of us have had distorted, unclear relationships with our children and have not taught them to pattern their lives after the greatest servant and giver of all, the Lord Jesus. We have not taught them to throw their ‘light forward’ because in not teaching them to serve and do for others, we have thrown our own lights inward on our own dark selfishness really.
    Reading Deuteronomy 28 as Sara suggested is very sobering. Adverbs such as ‘fully’ obey the Lord, and ‘carefully’ follow all His commands show us clearly the requirements to receive the blessings. Thankfully, Sara encourages us that it is not too late to begin today.

  4. Thank you for the wonderful prayers. Lord may you hone our children for the Kingdom of God. May you become their all in all that drives them and keeps them on the path you have set before them. Forgive me for spoiling my own children. May they learn to be men and women of integrity who serve the LIVING GOD with all their soul and might. May you counsel them and me that we may serve you oh Lord with all you have gifted us for. Lord I pray the same for the children of the world. Lord we chose your adventurous life – one day at a time, moment by moment. Thank you Jesus for the real land of Ozzie.

  5. What is missing from this picture? An INDICTMENT!!! not so much upon the world, as Rena’s story so aptly reads…the devil laughs and says, “what did you expect”, but even more on the people of the Church. Lovely, beautiful little Christian children, not being trained up in the ways of giving and charitable acts and deeds. Hard to tell the difference between the world and the Church. Judgment begins in the House of the Lord and we stand judged as far as the giving of ourselves, our giftings and our time and resources, not just to our famililies, not just to the outreach of those in need of temporal things AND especially salvation, but the neglect to teach our little Christian children it is far better to give than to receive.

    Yes, “a buck in the bucket” of the bell ringers at Christmas time seems to salve the consciences of many. But this we should have done and not left the other undone.

    Dear Lord teach us to know that we teach by example and to train our children in the acts of koininea and outreach. It burgeons with a state of mind and conscience in the little ones and blossoms and blooms in acts of selflessness and charity.

  6. Spoil: harm the character of (a child) by being too lenient or indulgent…archaic rob

    Spoil is a very scary thought. It connotes harm, rob, neglect, make of little use, etc.

    I am always amazed when I hear the words, “but I love them so much” OK, so you love them so much that you spoil them and that means harm them.

    The question now is what is the flaw in our character that would cause us to spoil a child that God placed on the earth for us to have input in their lives. Maybe we had parents that did not teach us and then we harm another because we have been harmed. This goes on from one generation to another. Let’s make ’09 a time to preserve the integrity of the teachings of Jesus and really love by good parenting and teaching.

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