Text: Matthew 28:1-10
One of my favorite children’s books is The Velveteen Rabbit. It chronicles the story of a stuffed rabbit and his quest to become real through the love of his owner. One day while talking with the Skin Horse, the Rabbit learns that a toy becomes real if its owner really and truly loves it. Listen to their dialogue.
“”‘What is REAL?’ asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender…’Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?’
“‘Real isn’t how you are made,’ said the Skin Horse. ‘It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.’
“‘Does it hurt?’ asked the Rabbit.
“‘Sometimes,’ said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. ‘When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.’
“‘Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,” he asked, “or bit by bit?’