1. Pepe and the Three Musketeers

Wham! Boom!

A terrible crashing sound interrupted Pepe while he was eating a snack in his kitchen at home.

“Please, someone help here!” he heard a woman yell.

“Call an ambulance,” the voice of a man cried.

There were screams and confusion all over…

“What’s going on?” Pepe thought as he ran outside to take a look.

Right in front of his house, he could see Katie’s mother’s car with a smashed front end clouded in steam. Katie was his neighbor and one of his best friends, and her mom had been in an accident! Then he saw an ambulance, and worried faces, and people taking Katie’s mom—who looked like she was in a lot of pain—to the ambulance.

“Oh, no! Katie’s far away visiting her aunt and uncle,” Pepe frowned as a deep sorrow came over him. And suddenly, the bright and sunny summer day seemed to cloud over, becoming a dark and gloomy one. He felt very sad, and didn’t know what to do. So, he sat on the ground in the yard and started to cry.

“Why are you so sad, little one?” Pepe heard a loving voice.

“Didn’t you see? Katie’s mom is hurt, and Katie doesn’t even know,” Pepe replied, his eyes closed trying to hold in his tears.

“Why didn’t you call me? Why didn’t you ask for my help?” the loving voice said.

“And, who are you?” Pepe was still crying and staring at the ground.

“I’m God,” the voice answered.

“What?” Pepe suddenly looked up and all around. “Where are you?”

“I’m here, next to you… and also in you,” there was a lot of tenderness in the voice.

Suddenly, Pepe saw three faces; or more precisely, he saw three musketeers.

“But you’re three people with funny hats!” Pepe half smiled.

“Well, we’re three in one and one in three: Father (that’s me with the yellow feather in the hat), Son (with the red feather), and Holy Spirit (with the blue feather),” the Father, explained.

Pepe was totally confused, and it was written all over his face.

“Yeah, yeah, I know,” said the Son, whose name is Jesus, “hard to understand… I lived as a man here on Earth too you know, and I’m aware that spiritual things can be very confusing sometimes. But, let’s concentrate on you now…you’re not doing so well, are you?”

“No, I’m not.” Pepe said. “But, I’m glad you’re here! That gives me some comfort.”

“I’m always here thanks to my beloved Son, Jesus,” said the Father. “Through Him, you can always reach me.”

Pepe had some idea of God because of Bible stories and his visits to church. But now that God was in front of him and wearing three funny hats, he was so overwhelmed that he said the first thing that came to his mind: “And, what’s this thing with each of you wearing a different colored feather?”

“Ha, ha, isn’t it cool? It was my idea!” said the Holy Spirit. “It’s to make it easier for people to tell us apart: the three people that make God. Yellow is for the Father, the creator of heaven and earth, the creator of all that is seen and unseen. He’s light in the darkness. Red is for Jesus, who by dying on the cross and bleeding has allowed all people to live in the Father’s kingdom of light, or the Kingdom of Heaven—which is therefore here now! The blue is for me. I’m like a river that flows all around you and in you: guiding you, talking to you, helping you figure out things, or giving you supernatural powers when you need to overcome hardship or accomplishing what God wants from you. I’m the one who points you towards Jesus and the Father.”

“Supernatural powers? Wow! That’s neat!” Pepe cheer up a little. “How do I get them? And, how could I hear and see you more often?”

“Just keep me always in your heart,” Jesus responded. “I love you so much that, with me in your heart, anything—beyond your comprehension—could happen. I promise.”

“Yeah,” started the Holy Spirit, “without this red feathered guy in your heart it’s hard for me to talk to you or give you supernatural powers.  I’d be sort of non-existent to you.”

Pepe was amazed, and his head was spinning in all directions. He also felt so loved. Then other questions came to in his head and he asked, “Do you have swords? Do you have horses? Do you…”

The boy was becoming so distracted from the accident that the Father gently intervened, “Pepe, is there anything you want God to help you with? We’re three musketeers at your service!”

Pepe’s mind came back to Katie’s mom and his heart ached painfully again. Then, after a moment of silence he spoke, “Dear Father, could you make Katie’s mom better and make her come home soon? P-L-E-A-S-E?”

“Ahem, ahem…” the Holy Spirit called Pepe’s attention.

“What?” Pepe whispered to him.

“Aren’t you forgetting something?” the Holy Spirit whispered back, looking at the musketeer with the red feather.

“Mmmm,” Pepe thought for a moment and then, remembering that he can only reach the Father through his Son, he added, “Oh, Father, could you please do that in Jesus name?”

Jesus and the Father gave him a loving smile, and Pepe felt a tremendous peace. He also knew at that moment and in his heart that no matter what happened to Katie’s mom, everything was going to be okay. Then he addressed the Holy Spirit, “By the way…you talk so much, blue-feathered dude.”

“That’s what I do!” The Holy Spirit joyfully laughed.

This story is based on ideas from the Bible:
Matthew 28:18-20
John 15:26
John 14:6

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