“I miss Jesus, Mommy.”
Driving, staring ahead, a thousand thoughts ran through my mind as I heard her sniffles.
My eyes found her reflection in the rear view mirror, tears streaming down her four year old face. Bottom lip poked out. Arms holding her pink blanket close to her chin.
“What’s wrong sweet girl?” I asked as we made our way down the road, on to our next adventure.
“I miss Jesus, Mommy.” Wow....I thought....Just wow....How do you respond to that?!?
“What do you mean baby?” Was the best I could come up with. A, for sure, mom of the year reply right?!?!
“I miss him. I want to hug him.” She said as she wiped her face.
A sense of calm coming over her as she knew I acknowledged her heartbreak. It was almost like she knew, in those moments, she wasn’t alone. Someone cared enough to hear her.
“You will get to give him a great big bear hug one day my love, but for now, you can hug the people He created and I think He will feel it.”
She smiled. “Mommy, can you stop and let’s do bear hugs now?”
“Sure thing sweet girl.”
That’s just what we did and let me tell you, to be a baby bear, she has a fierce embrace that’ll make you forget every worry you had.
Oh how He uses the children to teach, to strengthen our faith, and to remind us of His truths.
It challenged me to think through this...
Are we broken because we miss Jesus in our lives?
In times when there is so much hardship, division, fear, confusion... Do we miss our Savior?
Let’s love His people then....
Go on an adventure. Give away love. I believe your Savior will feel it.
Let another broken heart know they are not alone.
Hear their pain.
It may be a chance for God to share His embrace with another, through you.
Are you willing?
Thankful for this life and praying with you,
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. ~1 John 4:8
'For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.' ~Matthew 25:35-40