"God's Special Gifts to Me"
was created especially for
at the age of 7
with love from
Grandma and Grandpa
We are God's children. He loves
you, Tenma Mori. God made us and
loves us all.
Because God cares about you,
Tenma, He watches over everything
you do in Tokyo. He watches you
wherever you go.
God is happy that you like
playing with Kazu, Riho and Kenta.
He is pleased when you are kind to
Tenma, you live in a wonderful
world full of interesting and beautiful
creations from God. Some of God's
gifts are things you see, smell, hear,
taste, or touch and feel. You enjoy
these gifts by using your five senses.
At times, these senses do not work
as they should. If a child cannot see
or hear well, God often makes the other
senses work even better. God loves all
This is a marvelous place that God
has created for us, Tenma. There are so
many amazing things for you to enjoy
with Kazu, Riho and Kenta.
God gave you eyes to see, Tenma.
During your day, you can see the
rising sun, smiling faces, fluttering
butterflies, blooming flowers,
floating clouds and colorful rainbows.
At the end of your glorious day,
you see the setting sun, the rising
moon and the twinkling stars. Some
evenings, you can also see blinking
fireflies or lie safely tucked in bed
and watch lightning flash across the
God paints such a beautiful picture
for you each and every day, Tenma!
Please take time to enjoy His artwork.
With the nose that God has given
to you, Tenma, you are able to smell
many things. Some are good. Some may
not be so pleasant. You can smell
animals at the zoo, the farm or at your
Tenma, you have plant smells in the
outdoors. Some of nature's scents are
climbing roses, pine trees, honeysuckle
vines and freshly cut grass.
God also gave us mouth-watering
food smells. We have pineapples,
lemons, oranges and strawberries.
How many more can you think of,
There are many happy sounds in the
world, Tenma. God gave you ears to hear
all of them.
His animals can talk to you and to
each other. Have you listened to what
they say, Tenma? Puppies bark,
kittens meow, ponies whinny, cows
moo, ducks quack and birds chirp.
Some of the best sounds are
grandparents telling or reading a story,
children laughing and people singing.
Sounds of nature include the trees
rustling in the breeze, a babbling brook
in the forest and the clap of thunder in
The sense of taste is an incredible
gift from God. What would the world be
like if you were not able to taste
Would you miss biting into a juicy
apple, orange, peach or a crunchy nut?
What if you could not taste salt water
at the beach or stick out your tongue
to catch a raindrop or a snowflake?
Aren't you glad that you can do
these things? The sense of taste is
really magnificent, Tenma, especially
when you are hungry! ! !
God gave us not only our hands but
also our whole body with which to
touch His miracles. How grand it is to
be able to feel so much throughout
your day, Tenma!
Your favorite touches are probably
the hugs and kisses you give and
receive. It is nice to feel the wind on
your skin, the soft fur of a pet, a
smooth rock and even the heart beating
in your body.
Close your eyes, Tenma, and
imagine other things you would like
to touch. What would they be? What do
you see – in your mind?
Because God loves you so much,
Tenma, He gives you other gifts. You
could call them spiritual gifts from
These gifts are special because they
help you to enjoy every day of your
life more. You keep these gifts in your
thoughts and your heart forever,
Some of these gifts are love and
kindness, happiness and joy, faith and
patience, truth and wisdom,
forgiveness, and the gift of prayer.
These gifts help you to get along better
with other people, such as Kazu, Riho
God loves you, Tenma. He wants
you to love everyone. When you love
Him,your heart is filled with His love.
You can share His gift of love with
Love is kind. You show your love
for others with kindness. Tenma, can
you remember some of the times when
you were nice to Kazu, Riho and
You must learn to treat others the
way you want them to treat you. This
is called living by the Golden Rule.
Tenma, God also gives you the gifts
of happiness and joy to share with
Kazu, Riho and Kenta. When you do
good deeds, those around you are
God is happy with all His
children, especially when they say
and do nice things. When you smile and
have happy thoughts, you have
happiness in your heart.
It will bring you joy, Tenma,
to bring joy to others. This feeling of
joy comes from knowing that God
always loves you. There is great joy in
being one of God's children!
Tenma, faith and patience are two
gifts that might be a little hard for you
to understand. Faith is trust. God
wants you to be faithful and believe in
Him. You can't see Him with your
eyes, but He is always there with you.
Have you ever wanted something
'right now,'' Tenma, but you couldn't
have it? Maybe you wanted a new toy;
however, you had to wait until a
special day to get it. That is patience.
We must have faith and patience to
believe that God knows what is best for
us. God has a purpose for your life,
Tenma, and for everyone.
Truth and wisdom are two more
gifts for you, Tenma. God gave you a
brain and a heart to know the
difference between right and wrong.
When you respect, obey and love God,
He will teach you many things.
Your family also helps you learn the
rules that God wants you to follow. Do
you think it is right or wrong to take
something that doesn't belong to you?
Do you believe it is okay with God if
you lie, Tenma?
Always try to be honest and
truthful, Tenma. God is sad when any
of His children do something they
know or feel is wrong. God is happy
to help you do the right thing.
What would your life be like,
Tenma, if you did not have the gift of
forgiveness? The words "I'm sorry'"
are very special when someone says
them to you or when you say them to
Did Kazu, Riho and Kenta ever
make you really angry? When you
forgive a person, your heart is filled
with God's love and it shows.
We all make mistakes, Tenma.
Only God is perfect! If you do
something wrong, tell God and ask
Him to forgive you. God is always
ready to forgive you because He loves
you and cares about you.
Tenma, one of God's greatest gifts
is the gift of prayer. Do you know
what prayer is? It is talking to God in
your own way, either out loud or in
There are many times that we can
pray to God each day. Are you
thankful when you eat your food? Tell
Him! Have you ever felt afraid,
Tenma? You can pray to God, and you
won't feel alone. You will know that
He is with you. Before you go to
sleep, end your day with a special
prayer of thanks.
You can talk to God about
anything, Tenma. He listens, and He is
always there for you.
Tenma, this is a special bedtime
prayer that many little boys and girls
say each night:
Now I lay me down to sleep.
I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
God, go with me through
And wake me with Your
God created Heaven and Earth.
God created the animals and plants.
God created you,
God is happy with all of His
creations, especially you!
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