And that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have power to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Thought for the Day: Showing Christ to Others
When we adopted our first child, we were advised to keep him from the public for a couple of months. He was born in December and the “old schooling” of our social worker shared her concerns for him about taking him in to nurseries, etc., too soon. The timing was interesting as it neared Christmas with Children’s Programs at Church, Adult Cantata rehearsals, handbell presentations, and Worship. Throughout that time, we scheduled different friends to come to our house on Sunday Mornings to watch him. Most Sundays we scheduled two friends who switched places between worship times. Over the period of two months, we had more than 40 or so people helping us with our little guy. At first, I felt guilty about it, but over time I realized that many of these had become special friends and even special adopted grandparents for our baby. Many remain close to us and want to hear about how he is doing. Each birthday, bless his heart, we had a birthday celebration where these people were invited. They all came and loved on our boy, bringing special gifts complete with so much love a heart couldn’t take it. On his sixth birthday, we invited these same friends to our house for a Birthday/Christmas Party. Our gift to each of them was a Willow Tree figurine of a little boy holding a gold heart. As we have now moved, our hope is that these friends will remember our sweet boy when they look at the figurine but even more that they will remember how appreciative we are for them. They are our friends and I feel it a privilege to call them “Family”.
Today, I look over at my own figurine of the little boy with the gold heart that sits on a shelf, and the shine of the gold heart hits my eye. There is a reminder in that heart of all the people who have loved us and have helped us through the years. There is the excitement in that heart of the people who have come to help us since we have moved to a new place and how many already show such wonderful love to both of our little boys. God was in that place. God is in this place. I have learned that no matter where we are, God is in the midst. I also know that if I tried to list all of those who have loved my boys, it would take pages and pages, and I know I would probably miss some. Thank you God! Thank you Friends! We love you!
Prayer: God, thank you for all of those friends who have become family to us through the years. Thank you for those who have loved us in a way that we know You were in their hearts. Be with us as we see needs and help us know when we can be “Jesus” to someone near. Amen.
Prayer Focus: Special Friends