"Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him." (1 John 3:1)
Today I went out to eat. A local hotel has hosted an annual breakfast for the community for the last 15 years. The event is geared towards families and includes hay rides through the snow, Santa and other characters and music provided by local fiddlers and musical groups. All you need for entry is a can of food for the food bank. The community was extremely generous and many, many boxes of food were provided that will help the food bank continue to reach out to those less fortunate. Many of those receiving the food will be under the age of 13.
I sat at a table watching another group of kids dance in circles to the music on the stage, holding hands and
falling down. They jumped up and down and laughed without a care.
Some would climb into their parent's laps and snuggle before darting
back to play. One fell down and cried before his parent came to comfort
him. All was better after that.
It was beautiful imagery of how our Heavenly Father cares for us. I believe He delights in seeing us, His children, dance and play with joy. He loves to see us laugh without a care, snuggle in His lap and dart off again to enjoy the life He has given us. Occasionaly we get hurt and need His comfort and care.
He also loves those children in need of speacial care. Those who have no joy, no food, no home and no chance to dance without a care.
Just as the community came together today to provide food for the local food bank, I believe God calls each of us, as His children, to come together as a community to share that love with kids around the world.
There are so many ways we can get involved. We can volunteer at a local Salvation Army, at a food bank, church, school or other community programs that reaches out to kids in need. We can also help kids around the world who are in immense need via wonderful organizations like Compassion International.
As children of God, we should love God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength and love our neighbors as ourselves. Children of God should reach out to all of God's children, wherever they may be. Every child should have the chance to dance without a care!