Cindy was in deep do-do again. So on the sunny Saturday when it would have been more fun to be building forts and playing softball, the eight-year-old was once again confessing to the priest all of her wrongs of the spring break week.

He responded, “Uh, huh, Uh, huh,” at the right places.

I wonder if he remembers I was in here last Saturday saying the same thing.

With her two brothers in line behind her, she could imagine their tales were similar. But instead of “fighting with my brothers,” theirs was, “fighting with my sister.”

But then the man behind the screen asked Cindy, “Do you glibcklich anything else?”

At least, that’s what it seemed to be because Cindy was too embarrassed to ask. I’m old enough to know a lot of big words, but I don’t know that one. How can this giant of a man of God use words I don’t understand?

She stammered and stuttered, “I guess not.”

Easy communication and word meanings are not mastered by third grade. But it doesn’t matter.

Thanks to Jesus, one doesn’t need an intercessor. Prayer is communication. Praise is communication. Asking for forgiveness is communication.  Asking for help is communication. Thanking God is communication. Talking with Jesus is an easy two-way communication that only grows with time.

Jesus keeps it simple. He cites the example of a shepherd and his sheep, a common site in Jesus’ time and today in Israel.

“He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.” [John 10:3-4]

Imagine! Jesus knows your name! And you know his! As he speaks to you, he will never hide his meaning behind a word like glibcklich!

[Jo Russell is a Christian speaker, author of scores of articles, a half dozen anthology contributions, and award-winning Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women. available from, her speaking engagements and website, She lives in northeast Arizona with her husband, Ed. Enjoy

About Jo Russell

Jo’s humor, inspirational stories, articles and devotionals have spanned more than 40 years, with several national writing contest awards for humor. She's a contributing author in Chicken Soup for the Soul—Shaping the New You and Heavenly Humor for the Dieter’s Soul.

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