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Tuesday, March 25, 2014
"Mom, I think that's what I want to do with the money from PopPop and MomMom."
Uh-oh. This one is way out of my comfort zone. But it's her money and she was told to use it for anyone but herself. But this means that someone will have to go with her. And what if we can't find any homeless people? Good try, but you just saw one. But that could be dangerous. Maybe. But you're the one who's always preaching that we should go out of our comfort zones, step out of the boat, care for the least of these. I meant orphans, cute little babies you can feed, and comfort, and cuddle. Well, wouldn't the homeless fall under some type of orphan category? This was the argument going through my mind in the seconds before saying, "Sure, that's a great idea."
When we got home, she made her list. We went online and found some other ideas. She added to her list.
We went shopping.
She organized and filled bags. She made cards.
We prayed over those bags and their recipients.
And then yesterday, Eden, Mariana, and the Good Doctor took a little trip into the city. First they found Don, the homeless man Mariana has come to know as she goes to and from her arts school every day (and yes, when she first told me about the man for whom she bought a bagel, I was a little concerned, until I remembered this is what we've raised her to do). They chatted, they handed him a bag, he thanked them over and over. And then Eden said, "Can I pray for you?" He agreed and so right there, she prayed for him.
This is what happens when you teach your children to love with a Crazy Love, to act radically, and to love the least of these. This is living purposefully. This is letting God's light shine through you; following the nudge. This is being the hands and feet of Jesus, in the body of a 9 year old.