There is so much that I could write about right now… but it’s late and you probably don’t have time to read a novel. I think that one of the most powerful moments for me today (and there were many) was when Brice choose on his own to go back in and see what he could do to help during meal time at the orphanage where children with disabilities and special needs are at.
I had asked him to come in with me and help feed the kids but he was nervous and probably overwhelmed and did not want to help. I was admittedly disappointed but I allowed him to go back outside to play. Not long after, he came to me with a question “mom, what’s wrong with these kids”. His little eyes were filled with sincerity and concern and I knew that I needed to take this opportunity. I started at the beginning and we talked about the fall and sin and how different it was in the garden with God. Then we talked about how much God loves all people and how special each one of the children are. And lastly we discussed death and new life and how one day we will be given new bodies and there will no longer be pain, sickness or sadness. I don’t know all the answers or the reasons why, but I know God’s goodness, love and grace and I wanted to help my son to focus on that. We did also talk a bit about the different needs and disabilities between the kids and that led to Brice asking about several of them specifically. Two of the children (that I know about) have disabilities that developed from abuse such as severe beatings or worse. I shared this with Brice and we talked about how God has given us our hands not to do harm, but for good, and that today we have the opportunity help those in need. He wiped away a couple of tears and took a few moments to think… and then he decided to go back inside… and in that moment, in that selfless decision, all the nervousness and fear was removed and his eyes were opened a little bit more.