Have you ever heard of Johnny Gruelle? Well Johnny was born on December 24th, 1880 in Arcola Illinois. He worked as a political cartoonist for the Indianapolis Star. He and his wife Myrtle had a daughter named Marcella and two boys Worth and Richard.
Johnny and his wife didn’t have much and were considered poor, struggling to provide for their children. Their first born Marcella was sick from birth with costly medical needs and died when she was just fourteen.
One day Johnny was up in his attick and found an old rag doll. The doll l didn’t have a face so he drew one on it, named her Raggedy Ann and gave it to his beloved daughter Marcella. She loved that doll and never let it out of her site. She loved it so much that Johnny made her other dolls but they never replaced her Raggedy Ann.
Soon Johnny made Fido, Raggedy Ann’s dog and not long after that Raggedy Ann’s brother Andy. He wrote books about Raggedy Ann
and read them regularly to Marcella. What many don’t realize is that each and every doll Johhny ever made, including that first one from the attic, had a drawn and later stitched, heart with the words, “I Love You”, in the center. When asked Johhny said he put a little love for Marcella in every doll.
That made me think about God’s love for each of us. His love that he places in our hearts. 1 John 3:1 reads, “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!“. God makes us His children, just think about how amazing that is. God’s love is steadfast and unchanging, it comforts us, heals us, rescues us and is revealed to us through Jesus Christ and is poured into us through the Holy Spirit.
God’s love for us, makes us His own….AMEN!