Friday Thoughts: A Room Full of Toys

An Old Man and his Grandson ca 1490 by Domenico Ghirlandaio

Domenico Ghirlandaio, “An Old Man and his Grandson”, ca. 1490



Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me.

—John 14:1


awoken by the night

the good father makes his rounds

peeking into rooms to make sure all is where it should be

a silent prayer

a midnight blessing

a distant siren

a room full of toys

a smile

a memory

giving life to his own father’s watchfulness many years before

the needy cat cries

he better attend to her needs

before she awakes the rest of the house

but before returning to bed

he’ll lovingly recall

once more

a great promise

a great hope

a room full of toys



In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If there were not, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?

—John 14:2


—Howard Hain


3 thoughts on “Friday Thoughts: A Room Full of Toys

  1. Thomas

    I truly hope the wheel that is life continues to turn forever
    As I look upon my grandson napping in the room full of toys in our house
    And with God’s blessing he too will have the same opportunity


  2. cenaclemary12

    Recalling the book, In My Father’s House” by Max Lucado, which takes one from room to room as life evolves from young to old age. Just when we are comfortable in one room, we are urged to leave and move on, often away from our favorite toys, or comfortable chair, onto the challenges, comedies, of growth.


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