The Kindness of Children

Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you’d have preferred to talk.  
     ~ Doug Larson
 
Going through a long line of prophets, God has been addressing our ancestors in different ways for centuries. Recently he spoke to us directly through his Son. By his Son, God created the world in the beginning, and it will all belong to the Son at the end. This Son perfectly mirrors God, and is stamped with God’s nature. He holds everything together by what he says—powerful words!
~ Hebrews 1:1-2
 
     There is a story I tell at Thanksgiving which recounts the tale of a pilgrim family and the local Indians in a forest in New England.  The story is properly called “Indians for Thanksgiving,” by Elizabeth Hough Sechrist.  It is purported to be passed down from many generations of Indians and Pilgrims.
      It is 1631.  Two young girls (8 and 10) are left at home in a storm while their parents to walk to church some miles away.  They keep themselves occupied basting the turkey, throwing pine-cones on the fire, knitting, remembering the fun they had with the children of Red Squirrel, a friendly chief.  Suddenly, a little Indian boy (Little Wolf) comes to the door.  He is welcomed in, fed and put to sleep next to the fire place.
    The parents return home to find a group of Indians standing in front of their house, looking in the window.  Before the father reacts in defense, the mother stays his hand, Red Squirrel comes out from behind the crowd and walks to them.  He explains that the boy is the son of a warring chief, who wanted to make war on all the white people in the forest, but because of the kind act of the Pilgrim children, decided to go in the opposite direction, and become their friends.  He further says (by the author’s interpretation,) “you have taken in the child of the enemy, you have warmed him by your fire, you have fed him, given him shelter.” and further explains that this act has stopped a war.  An act between children, doing what they knew to do.
     Let us embrace feeding a stranger, taking care of someone we do not know, trusting God in the midst of danger, letting His glory show.  It is one of many ways we can bring Thanksgiving forward to the manger.
    Oh Lord, stay our fear, help us to show your love, live in your word, show kindness in the craziness.   Amen
Because of Him,
Linda
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