Anthony and I read “The Velveteen Rabbit’ by Margery Williams, Wednesday, I thought I would share this part with you.

“What is REAL?” asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery tender, before Nana come to tidy the room. “Does it mean  having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?”

“REAL  isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.”

“Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit.

“Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse for he was always truthful. “When you  are Real you don’t mind being hurt.”

“Does it happen all at once, like being wound up, “ he asked, “or bit by bit?”

“It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t often happen to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”

“I suppose you are Real?” said the Rabbit. And then he wished he had not  said it, for he thought the Skin Horse might be sensitive. But the Skin Horse only smiled.

“The Boy’s Uncle made me Real.” he said. “That was a great many years ago; but once you are Real you can’t become unreal again. It lasts for always.”

The Rabbit sighed. He thought it would be a long time before this magic called Real happened to him. He longed to become Real, to know what it felt like; and yet the idea of growing shabby and losing his eyes, ad whiskers was rather sad. He wished that he could become it without these uncomfortable things happening to him.

2 Thessalonians 1:3  We ought and indeed are obligated [as those in debt] to give thanks always  to God for you, brethren, as is fitting, because your faith is growing exceedingly and the love of every one of you each toward the others is  increasing and abounds.

2 Thessalonians 1:4  And this is a cause of our mentioning you with pride among the churches (assemblies) of God for your steadfastness (your unflinching endurance and patience)  and your firm faith in the midst of all the persecutions and crushing distresses and afflictions under which you are holding up.   Amplified

or in the words of the Skin Horse, “becoming REAL”.

 Trust God for your day, ….Today

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