Today or tomorrow

Alan, a teen helper at camp, is on assignment: His mission is to relieve the counselors for a few hours at night, watching over (hopefully!) sleeping campers. If his assigned campers aren’t asleep, his mission is to help them feel secure and peaceful enough to fall asleep. After a full day of activities, he wonders if his charges will be sleeping, as he approaches his assigned area.

Arriving at the dorm, Alan is told by a counselor that only one camper is awake but resting quietly. With that, the counselor heads to the break room, and Alan takes up his post.

After a few minutes, he checks on the campers and sees that an 8-year-old boy is still awake. He walks over to his bunk and asks the camper his name.

“My name is Zachary, but I get angry when people call me that. I like to be called Zach.”

“Well, Zach, it’s time to go to sleep. You’ll have a busy day tomorrow,” Alan advises.

“Sometimes I just have too much energy,” Zach replies. Alan tells him that sometimes he has this problem, too. Zach asks him, “What do you do to fall asleep?”

“I think about my favorite things. Sometimes I pray to God about things I’m thinking about.”

“Well, I don’t have any favorite things to think about.”

Alan pauses, unsure of how to respond to Zach’s comment. Then he notices that Zach has a stuffed animal. “Do you think about your stuffed animal?”

“It’s a puppy dog,” Zach informs Alan.

“What’s his name?”

“He doesn’t have one.”

Alan suggests that Zach might think about giving his puppy dog a name. Then Alan tells him that when he gets angry, he can pray to God and ask God to give him happy thoughts. Zach considers this and says he will try to think of a name. Alan again takes his post, outside the dorm doors. Five minutes later, when Alan checks in on that particular room, he sees Zach has fallen asleep.

The next morning, Zach sees Alan at breakfast and runs over to him. “I named my puppy dog, and his name is Travis!”

“That’s a great name!” Alan tells him.

Zach says that he told the other campers, and they said it wasn’t a good name. “I started to get angry, but then I prayed to God, like you do, and now I don’t care if they like Travis’ name or not,” Zach says with certainty.

Amen! thinks Alan. And then, Thank you, God, for giving Zach his own favorite thing to think about.

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