Dear Little Bunny,
I was determined. I was not…going…to…eat…turnips!
I climbed into the pocket of a jacket hanging on a hook near our burrow for a while. Mamma called my name. Everyone was gathering together for dinner. I stayed put.
She sent big brother and sister bunny to look for me. I heard them looking and calling for me. My stomach started to growl, but I stayed put.
She had invited the chipmunk family over for dinner in my honor to celebrate that I was doing so well and that I had gotten over half way through Easter Bunny training. They all started looking for me. I could hear all of them calling for me. Even Papa was calling for me. They sounded worried, but I stayed put.
I realized that I was making a disaster of the nice dinner Mamma planned for me. I was also realizing that the longer I hid, the more trouble I’d be in, but I stayed put.
I felt paralyzed.
If I came out, I’d be in trouble and have to eat turnips…if I stayed hidden, the family would think the worst, and be worried and I’d wreck the nice dinner. Actually, by now, the worry and wrecking dinner part had pretty much already happened. What could I do?? There seemed to be no good solution. I felt terrible.
I decided to pray.
It seemed like I needed a miracle, and I knew only God can do miracles.
Dear Grandpa Bunny,
That sounds bad! What happened?
Love, Little Bunny
Dear Little Bunny,
It was bad. It was one of the worst nights of my life. As I cowered in that pocket, I prayed.
I said, “God, I’m so sorry that I’ve made such a mess of things. Please forgive me for refusing to make a little sacrifice for you and for making such problems for my Mamma and Pappa. Jesus, be with me. Show me what to do!”
By this time, I had a few tears in my eyes and I was sniffling.
I’m so sorry Little Bunny, but that’s all I can write for now. You’ll have to wait (hopefully not alone, cramped, and hiding in a pocket) till tomorrow.
I promise, I’ll tell you how it all worked out.
GP “Pocket” Bunny
For the Big Bunnies…
If your little bunnies identify with Grandpa Bunny’s story about trying to hide from the consequences of a bad decision, encourage them that Jesus is always there for us. Whether we need his mercy to free our hearts from sin, or we just need His love to comfort our fear, going to Him is always the best solution to every problem.
You can download and print the Bunny Behind Rock With “Jesus Takes Fears Away” Song Coloring Page to give your little bunnies a chance to think in a deeper way about seeking Jesus in the midst of fear or trouble.
The creator of the Grandpa Bunny Letters is Cathy Gilmore, a native of St. Louis, MO and a married mother ofthree. The Grandpa Bunny Letters are inspired by Cathy’s love for JRR Tolkien’s wonderful, Letter’s From Father Christmas. Experience with the Montessori-based children’s Bible study program, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd gives Cathy a unique approach to writing children’s literature. She is the author of the endearing children’s book Little Lamb Finds Christmas and co-author of the book, Easter Bunny’s Amazing Day, in which a new kind of Easter Bunny shows that “Jesus is the JOY of Easter!” Cathy’s passion is to cultivate each reader’s spiritual imagination through stories that touch the heart with the transforming love of Christ.