by Melissa Henderson
But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. Psalm 86:15 NIV
I witnessed a precious sight today. Three-year-old grandson Rowan had come for a visit. His mother, father, and six-month-old baby sister Eden came to the house, too. We enjoyed a delicious lunch, chatted, laughed, and watched the two little ones interact. The bond between brother and sister is already strong.
There is another special bond in the neighborhood. Rowan has a friend who lives next door to us. She is a very sweet little girl. Three years old and filled with love and laughter. Rowan and this sweet girl often play together, sharing toys and giggles.
The innocence of these children is something we all can learn from. When these two precious friends see each other, they often run toward each other and share a greeting of giggles. Sometimes there are words and other times, the laughter is all that is needed for the connection.
There is no need for explanation of the laughter. A simple smile, a hug, and being together brings joy to them and the adults watching.
I wonder how different the world could be if everyone greeted each other with a smile, a hug or handshake, a “hello”, a listening ear, and a few giggles.
Rowan and his friend are showing examples of how to share God’s love. They don’t realize the importance of their actions. The two friends know they are happy to be together. Their joy comes from simple things in life. Watching bugs crawling across the sidewalk, playing hide and seek, jumping through the water in the sprinkler, and sometimes sitting and chatting in the way only young ones can comprehend.
Each interaction is a picture of how God shows His unconditional love to us. He listens, He hears, He comforts, and He never leaves. With Rowan and his friend, His image can be seen through their listening, hearing, comforting when the other has a hurt. Their relationship stays intact even though the children don’t see each other every day.
There may be times of frustration, when a toy is wanted by the same child. Or times of sadness, when one person has to leave to go home before everyone is finished playing. Yet, even in those times, the friendship and love continue.
The book of Proverbs shares wisdom and instruction for life. Values and compassion can be found in Scripture. When a child is taught to love and show compassion, that child is able to share those special attributes with others.
The Bible shares examples of the love Jesus showed to people of all ages. When I see Rowan and his friend playing, I think of songs sharing how Jesus loves us. Yes, He loves us. This I know.
Have you watched children playing? Did they make you smile? Start off children in the way they should go, and they will not turn from it (Proverbs 22:6 NIV).
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About the author: Award-winning author Melissa Henderson writes inspirational messages laced with a bit of humor. With stories in books, magazines, devotionals and more, Melissa hopes to encourage readers. Melissa is the author of Licky the Lizard and Grumpy the Gator. Her passions are helping in community and church. Melissa is an Elder, Deacon and Stephen Minister. Follow Melissa on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and at http://www.melissaghenderson.com
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