This past Sunday, my niece taught me a great lesson, not for the first time and I am sure not for the last time. She is a gift from God, when she was just a baby she had a brain tumor, and the results of her treatment, she is now 19 and a blessing in all ways. She offers me many opportunities of great joy. Makes me smile, shake my head and laugh. Her simple world view, often times are right on.
As you may or may not know, my favorite bible passage is Jesus and the little children, you know the one where Jesus said:
“Let the children come to me, do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”
And she exemplifies this passage for me. Her simplicity is beautiful and truly loving. This past weekend, as we sat in church, she stared up at the risen Christ on the back wall, in deep prayer, her eyes shown pleading, a pleading for her friend whom also had the same cancer as her, and is not battling is yet again. Her eyes shown no fear or hatred her eyes showed deep love for Christ, whom died for her. It was a simple lesson in trust. Trust in a loving God, whom calls his children to him.
The eyes of pleading was a moving image, one that no one could teach me, they showed me the simple and pure love of a God who is kind and generous, one who loves his creation and willing gave us his Son. Her simple prayer of compassion shown through in the tears running down her face, as she praised God for his goodness, and asked Him for mercy and healing, she prayed to the God who called to whom.
Tears of love have fallen to the ground, pleading for mercy and understanding. Simplicity was shown in the eyes and tears of one of Gods greatest gifts, a child with needs.
God has provided for us all, glimpses of heaven here on earth; all we have to do is look in to the eyes of my niece, or the eyes of any special needs child. The Purity of childhood will be forever held in her heart and her tears will cleanses us if we choose to allow it to. The eyes of love and compassion shine bright in her simple world view.
She taught me a great lesson, one of simplicity and compassion, and for that I thank God. I pray that I to can pray with as much sincerity and simplicity, I to pray that my tears are tears of love and trust, I pray for the world view as seen through her eyes. Just think how much greater this world would be.