The Inspiration Behind Snuggle Time Psalms

I’m only about six or seven years old, but already I know that I love to write. I love to read too.

My brother and I, we sneak into my dad’s study and pull the big heavy book from the shelf. We huddle together and turn the pages. Already we’re giggling.

It doesn’t take long to find what we’re looking for… a photograph of a fat bird with a huge, puffed out red chest protruding from under its chin like a ball. The Apple Bird we used to call it. It seemed to us that this strange bird must have swallowed an apple and the gigantic fruit had somehow made its way outside the bird’s skin. We couldn’t believe that such an exotic creature existed… it was so unlike the tiny red-breasted English robin who hopped around our front garden, waiting for my dad to feed it.

This big book of wonder was only one treasure in a room containing many. The shelves in my dad’s study were bulging with encyclopedias and classics and poetry books and bibles.

And something else….

In a tiny corner, in the smallest of spaces, sat a little desk… containing notebooks and paper and pencils. And a chair. It was my desk. And it was all I needed.

I think it may have been at this desk, surrounded by my father’s books and bibles, that I began to write poems. And even though I inherited my dad’s passion for poetry and his love for God’s Word, I never, ever would have thought that fifty years later, I might be able to combine the two in Snuggle Time Psalms.

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And all I can think, when I leaf through its pages, is how much my dad would chuckle to see it, and how much he would love it so.

And maybe one day, there’ll be two little children, who will lift it from the shelf, and giggle over it together, and wonder at our great God, who made Apple Birds and English robins, and brothers and sisters, and all things good.

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4 thoughts on “The Inspiration Behind Snuggle Time Psalms

  1. Sandra VandenBrink

    Got my copy in the post on Friday and used the book for Children’s Moments in church today at Kewadin Indian Mission. The kids really enjoyed the picture on the cover and they always get the message that they are so very loved by God and by the people in the congregation. It is a very sweet book, Glennys, and I plan to read a Psalm to them each week and reinforce God’s great love for them. Thank you for writing these books. We have already finished Love Letters, so we were ready for a new one.

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  2. ANDREA GASKELL

    another wonderful story Glenys; so beautifully written. Yes, you were always going to write and I hope you never stop 🙂 Much love xxx

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