To view the world through the eyes and heart of a child can be a powerful reminder. They possess an innocence and are not yet jaded by the harsh realities of the world. They can be examples for us to see the world with a pure heart.
Such an example is of 5-year-old Josiah from Alabama. He and his mother, Ava, were enjoying a dinner out in a local Waffle House. When they were leaving the restaurant, Josiah noticed a man outside whom, by anyone’s standards, would appear as if he were homeless. Being an inquisitive child, Josiah pestered his mother with questions. Who was he? Why did he look that way?
“He’s homeless,” his mother explained to him.
“What does that mean?”
“Well, that means he doesn’t have a home,” Ava continued.
The man didn’t have any food, and this troubled young Josiah. He was adamant that his mother purchase a meal for the man, to which she obliged. Josiah took a menu over to the man and told him he could choose whatever meal he wanted.
Before eating the meal, there was one thing Josiah wanted to do with the man – say a prayer over it. “I wanted to say the blessing with him,” Josiah said.
And that’s exactly what happened. Josiah said the prayer loudly and with pride, as the 11 other patrons sat and listened.
“God our Father, we thank you, for our many blessings, Amen.”
Other diners were brought to tears by the kind act, and the gentleman who received the meal and blessing was nothing short of grateful.
It’s a story that asks the questions: How can we teach our children to have compassion for others? How can we teach them to view and treat everyone as equals, as children of God?
But in many ways, maybe they are the ones who are continually teaching and reminding us of these lessons, not the other way around.
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