Thanking Eden and Rowan

by Melissa Henderson

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  John 13:34 NIV

Granddaughter Eden will be two years old in November. Big brother Rowan is five years old. They have a special relationship. They show love to each other most of the time. Of course, there is the occasional grouchy spell, when they don’t want to share toys or when exhaustion has set in.

As Eden has grown from infant to toddler, she has watched Rowan and learned from his words and actions. These two children have a bond that is amazing to watch. From the exciting squeals of joy from both of them when Rowan returns home from school to the comforting hugs they share when a boo-boo is found, they have their own ways of communicating with each other.

If Eden asks for a snack, she asks for one for Rowan. Then she takes the snack to him whether he wants it or not. She takes his water cup and puts it in his hands.

If Rowan is sad and asks Eden for a “huggy”, she places her arms around him and gives hugs.

When Eden is sad, Rowan comforts her with smiles and hugs.

Their relationship is based on love and trust. Rowan and Eden love each other without question. Even when there are disagreements and pouts, love always prevails. Throughout the day, Rowan and Eden give thanks to each other by loving and sharing.

Jesus gave us the command to love each other. Jesus showed love to everyone. The weak, humble, poor and sick all received the love of Jesus. Matthew, the tax collector, was called by Jesus to be a disciple. Jesus showed love to people who were despised by others. When Jesus was dying on the cross, He asked His Father to forgive the people for what they were doing.

How can we love as Jesus wants us to love each other? Our words and actions carry power to build up or break down. Sharing a smile, waving a friendly hello, pausing to listen to someone who needs to chat, are just a few ways to show the love of Christ.

The world can learn from the young and old people. Each moment is an opportunity to show the love of Christ and to thank God for His love and forgiveness.

How have you shown the love of God to someone today? Share conversation, write a note of gratitude, and remember to thank God.

This article is brought to you by the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA).

About the author: Award-winning author Melissa Henderson writes inspirational messages sometimes laced with a bit of humor. With articles, devotions, and stories online and in print publications, Melissa hopes to encourage readers. Melissa is the author of Licky the Lizard and Grumpy the Gator. Her passions are in helping the community and church. Melissa is an Elder, Deacon, and Stephen Minister. Follow Melissa on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and at

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