Sunday, January 17, 2010

The Pearl Necklace

This morning as I was getting ready for church, I decided to wear my (faux) pearl necklace. I love pearls. I think they are so classy and timeless, and I would choose pearls over diamonds any day. Well, except when it comes to my left ring finger :-P

Anyway, as I was clasping the strand of pearls around my neck, I suddenly remembered a story my old Sunday School teacher had read to our lady's group a year or so ago. It was a story about a pearl necklace, and it brought tears to my eyes. I looked for the story online, and found it! So I thought I'd share it with you today. Please read it! You will really be blessed :-)

"The Pearl Necklace

The cheerful girl with bouncy golden curls was almost five. Waiting with her mother at the checkout stand, she saw them: a circle of glistening white pearls in a pink foil box.

"Oh please, Mommy. Can I have them? Please, Mommy, please!"

Quickly the mother checked the back of the little foil box and then looked back into the pleading blue eyes of her little girl's upturned face.

"A dollar ninety-five. That's almost $2.00. If you really want them, I'll think of some extra chores for you and in no time you can save enough money to buy them for yourself. Your birthday's only a week away and you might get another crisp dollar bill from Grandma."

As soon as Jenny got home, she emptied her penny bank and counted out 17 pennies. After dinner, she did more than her share of chores and she went to the neighbor and asked Mrs. McJames if she could pick dandelions for ten cents.

On her birthday, Grandma did give her another new dollar bill and at last she had enough money to buy the necklace.

Jenny loved her pearls. They made her feel dressed up and grown up. She wore them everywhere--Sunday school, kindergarten, even to bed. The only time she took them off was when she went swimming or had a bubble bath. Mother said if they got wet, they might turn her neck green.

Jenny had a very loving daddy and every night when she was ready for bed, he would stop whatever he was doing and come upstairs to read her a story. One night when he finished the story, he asked Jenny, "Do you love me?"

"Oh yes, Daddy. You know that I love you."

"Then give me your pearls."

"Oh, Daddy, not my pearls. But you can have Princess--the white horse from my collection. The one with the pink tail. Remember, Daddy? The one you gave me. She's my favorite."

"That's okay, Honey. Daddy loves you. Good night." And he brushed her cheek with a kiss.

About a week later, after the story time, Jenny's daddy asked again, "Do you love me?"

"Daddy, you know I love you."

"Then give me your pearls."

"Oh Daddy, not my pearls. But you can have my babydoll. The brand new one I got for my birthday. She is so beautiful and you can have the yellow blanket that matches her sleeper."

"That's okay. Sleep well. God bless you, little one. Daddy loves you." And as always, he brushed her cheek with a gentle kiss.

A few nights later when her daddy came in, Jenny was sitting on her bed with her legs crossed Indian-style. As he came close, he noticed her chin was trembling and one silent tear rolled down her cheek.

"What is it, Jenny? What's the matter?"

Jenny didn't say anything but lifted her little hand up to her daddy. And when she opened it, there was her little pearl necklace. With a little quiver,she finally said, "Here, Daddy. It's for you."

With tears gathering in his own eyes, Jenny's kind daddy reached out with one hand to take the dime-store necklace, and with the other hand he reached into his pocket and pulled out a blue velvet case with a strand of genuine pearls and gave them to Jenny.

He had them all the time. He was just waiting for her to give up the dime-store stuff so he could give her genuine treasure."

What are you holding onto today? When I hear this story it helps me to realize that even though change is hard, and it's almost impossible to give up the things that are the most special or important to us, God has so much more planned for us! We need to make sure we are daily surrendering to God, and letting Him have His way in our lives. I know this story has been a great reminder to me this morning!

Have a blessed Sunday :-)


  1. This is an amazingly precious and poignant story! I can think of so many parallels to my life with this!

  2. Pearls have always been my favorite ever since I read Anne of Green Gables beautiful description of them! I wanted a pearl necklace for an engagement ring, but I couldn't convince Aaron to be that untraditional. I would love to own a real pearl necklace someday. Thank you for posting this story :)

  3. I've never heard that story... thanks! I love it!

  4. Hey Gal, That is such a powerful story. God truly has so much for us if we will only give everything to Him. Thanks for sharing this. Blessings, SusanD

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  5. This is such a great post! Thank you for sharing. It blessed me!
    <3 Tori

  6. I haven't read that story in years...thanks for the reminder!

  7. Pearls are the best!! They are such a classy piece!! :-)

  8. Thanks for sharing this story. I love pearls and this is such a sweet story I think I just got a little misty reading it.


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