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Isaiah has prayed for at least half of his six years for a brother or sister. His imagination worked overtime on what it would be like to have a sibling. I was looking forward to how he would react to his little sister. Here are a few random observations and conversations with Pearl’s big brother…


Isaiah prayed three things consistently while Sandy was pregnant with Pearl… that Pearl would get saved, that it would only take 15 minutes for mommy to have her, and that she would only cost a dollar.


When Isaiah was brought to see Pearl at the hospital he made a bee-line for her. The first thing he said when he entered the room was “Can I hold Pearl?” The second notable thing he said was, “Can I see her dirty diaper?”


I was playing with Isaiah outside after we brought Pearl home. I asked him, “What do you think about having a little sister?” His precocious answer caught me by surprise. He replied, “I’m doomed!” I inquired as to why in the world he would think that. He said, “Pearl will want to play tea party with me and there is no way I’m playing tea party.”


Isaiah said, “I’m not going to let any boys touch Pearl.” Then he named one boy in particular and said, “Especially him, he picks his nose.”


I overheard a conversation Isaiah had on the phone with a family member. Isaiah said, “Being a big brother is a lot of responsibility. I have to give up some of my play time for Pearl.”


The day after we brought Pearl home from the hospital I asked Isaiah to watch her for a minute. Sandy was indisposed and I had to run down to the basement for something. I heard Pearl begin to cry and Isaiah yelled nervously to me that she was crying. I told him I would be right there. To calm Pearl down Isaiah had begun to sing to her a hymn that we sing as a family. When I arrived in the living room, Pearl had stopped crying and Isaiah was singing, “Shadows around me, shadows above me, Never conceal my Saviour and Guide; He is the Light, in Him is no darkness – Ever He’s walking close by my side. Heavenly sunlight…”


“…there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” Proverbs 18:24

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