One of the most beautiful and powerful events of all the many things that go on at Evangel Home is our annual two-hour
Heart Sisters secret pal revealing party. In addition to the gift exchange, I read a book called You are Special
. The author is Max Lucado, and the story is about wooden people named Wemmicks who live in a village called Wemmicksville. They are made by Eli, the master carpenter, and they spend all day giving their fellow Wemmicks gold stars or gray dots. Stars for good and dots for not so good. Punchinello is a little Wemmick who always gets gray dots. One day he meets a Wemmick with no stars or dots, and at her urging the little dot-filled Wemmick goes to visit Eli.
After meeting with Eli, the dots begin to fall off of Punchinello and he learns that it does not matter what the other Wemmicks think or say about him. It only matters what Eli says, and Eli tells Punchinello that it is important to visit him every day. Eli is always there, but Punchinello must turn the key, open the door, and walk into the shop.
I have been reading this book at this event for about 10 years, and I am always nearly in tears when I finish. It is apparent that the women see themselves (or their children) as Punchinello and they are totally captured by the simple little story with the powerful message. The things they share after this story are heart breaking yet hopeful. They realize that a relationship with Jesus is helping them not worry about other Wemmicks and that to continue their daily walk to visit the carpenter is the way to stay free of dots and stars (which can also become a trap).
Hearing and realizing that they are special is the perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day and to end Heart Sisters Week.
Gerre Brenneman, Executive Director