Monday, February 20, 2012

Love Your Neighbors

Leave it to my son to show us how to love our neighbors.  The day before Valentine's Day, William received his "new book" from National Wildlife Federation.  I read it that night, as I was putting him to bed.  In the magazine, there were Puffins and he asked me if they flew.  I told him I would find out and tell him tomorrow.  Well, the next morning I googled whether they flew and printed out a Puffin coloring sheet for him.  He was excited to know that they did fly and colored his picture with great detail.  He studied the picture of the puffin in his book, and then colored his picture accordingly.  He did such a great job and I was truly impressed! Well, he stood and made a declaration, " I want to give this to someone".  It was Valentine's Day, so I suggested to mail it to a grandparent.  He looked out the window and said "No, I want to give it to my neighbor."  He pointed across the street to a neighbor that we weren't really on good terms with due to some hunting issues and my father-in-law.  I cringed and said, "Sure."  Hoping he would forget my the end of the day.  As it was getting dusk, William looked out the window and said, "Mommy, we have to hurry and take my picture to our neighbor.  It is getting dark!"  So, I said okay and we took it to her door.  Her room mate was there and proudly excepted the picture, shook William's hand, and told him that she would love this picture when she got home.  When we left the house, William smiled from one ear to the other and looked up at me.  He said, "God said to love our neighbors!"  Boy did he teach me a thing or two that night.  I told Wayne what had happened and confessed that we need to love our neighbors, as God has called us to do.  It only took my 4 year old to teach me.

God, thank you for all of my neighbors.  We may not be really close or speak much, but they are my neighbors.  I pray that there will be a bond that will be between us all.  I also pray that we will be there for one another.  Thank you Lord for little gifts of your grace and love towards such a sinner like me.  I ask that you continue to pour your truth and qualities into my children.  I pray they will witness for you, and experience you in a might way.  I want them to know you Lord like never before and when people are around them, they can feel your presence.  Thank you Thank you.  I love you Lord.  In Jesus' Name-Amen!  

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