4 of 7: LOVE. Kids are amazing when you engage their compassion and give them the freedom to express it. Today in our after school program, we made Christmas cards for a 12 year old boy. This boy, who lives far away from here in a state full of snow and blustery winds, is facing a destructive storm none of us want to endure. For the boy, this storm is an old enemy from the past, and it has returned. kicking it up into a final fury of ice, snow and ferous winds. In return, this boy’s family has answered with LOVE – cocooning their boy, and themselves, as they confront the storm for these last few months,weeks,days together.
‘Truly, I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’ Matt 25:40
Our kids make Christmas cards for soldiers overseas every year, and this year, they made cards for a boy that is walking through a different kind of storm. As they worked, their faces reflected LOVE for a boy they did not know…..a classmate who might have sat beside them…a friend who had just walked through the door..a sranger who had become a brother. Besides Christmas stickers, they drew hearts, wrote jokes, and tried to be a buffer for the wind that is hitting this boy and his family full blast. They weren’t learning about Christ…they were LOVING like Christ.
“Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matt 18:3
Christ spoke many truths during His time upon this plane, and many times, he spoke it with the words: “Truly, I tell you….Truly, I say to you…” It is our choice to accept these truths or to reject them…..accept His LOVE or reject His LOVE. He became a child and asks us to become “like little children” as well. True parent/teacher style, He doesn’t ask us to do anything that He hasn’t already done first. It’s called LOVE.
“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” Ep 4:2