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242. Temptation Today

In this season of Lent we read scriptures of the temptations of Jesus. And I was surprised a number of years ago when a seven-year-old grandson claimed to know about temptation. The story is in poem form.

A Pack of Pokemon Cards

the characters of Pokemon

scrambled between the cards

all of same value to me

but each time this seven-year-old

bought them

he spun through them

to see if he got

any good ones

finally his mother

set limits:

“three packs a month

that’s it”

we were on the brink

of a new month

and he asked if he could

buy a pack

I said with grandmother

wisdom “Let’s call

your Mother”

he talked fast words

on the phone

and told her how much

how very much

he wanted them

she said

“It isn’t a new month yet.”

he said, “I know—

but Mom!”

“get them”

she told him

“but don’t open them

until tomorrow when

new month begins”

excited he ran

to the store

rifled through the packs

and picked one

we paid

and as we walked

through busy mall

he held the precious pack

in front of him

out at eye level

and said,

“Grandma, this is

a religious thing!”

My look was

skeptical as I asked

“How is it religious?”

he kept the cards

in front of his eyes

“this is about

temptation”

“Tell me more”

I said.

his look was serious

“You see,” he said

“I want to open them

so much

and it’s tempting

it’s tempting a lot

and I have to be strong

and wait.”

and he did

© Copyright 2005 Ann Freeman Price

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