Maria and her husband, Marvin, were eagerly anticipating the arrival of their first child. Their son, Maxwell, was due on Mother's Day.
Marvin planned to treat Maria to lunch at her favorite restaurant, but he didn't want to take a chance that Maxwell would decide to make his grand entrance into the world during Maria's Mother's Day lunch celebration.
"Let's celebrate a week early," Marvin suggested to Maria. "If we wait until Mother's Day, little Maxwell may make his presence felt in a big way."
Maria greed with Marvin's assessment of the situation "Yeah, I'd hate to sink my teeth into a big juicy steak and not even be able to eat the meal after we've paid for it," she said.
Little did Maria and Marvin suspect that God and Maxwell were planning their own surprise. Maxwell was taking a nap inside his mother's womb when he heard the Lord whisper his name… "Maxwell, Maxwell."
This wasn't the first time Maxwell had heard the Lord's voice, because they communed on a regular basis.
"We're going to surprise both your mom and dad," God smiled at His unborn friend. "You're going to be born two weeks before Mother's Day."
"That's fine with me, Sir," Maxwell respectfully addressed his creator. "I can't wait to be born, so I can discover all the fantastic surprises you have planned for me."
"I have so many wonderful things planned for your life, there's not nearly enough time to tell you about all of them before you are born," shared the Father.
"I will tell you that you're going to be a big brother to a brother named Mitchell and a little sister named Maxine," the Lord continued. "You're going to attend a great little church, where you will lean about me. When you're seven years old, you're going to ask my son, Jesus Christ, to come live in your heart and wash away all your sins. Eventually, you're going to live in heaven with me forever."
"Heaven," Maxwell sighed. "I don't even know what it means, but I sure like the sound of it!
"Lord, can you tell me a little bit about the kind of person I will be?," asked Maxwell.
"Sure, Maxwell," replied the Lord. "You're going to have brown hair and brown eyes. You're going to be a preacher when you grow up. One of your most important jobs on earth will be to always look out for your brother and sister."
"Shouldn't that be mom and dad's job?," asked Maxwell.
"Oh, they'll have their hands full watching out for all three of you, but you'll have to help take care of Mitchell and Maxine. Moms and dads can do a lot for their kids, but there are some things that can only be taken care of by a big brother!"
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