I’ve had people tell me that the minds of little children and youth aren’t developed enough to understand principles of recovery. I don’t think it’s true. I want to tell you about a little girl who definitely has the Main Idea down.
A few days before surgery, a card was delivered to Gracie from nine-year-old Saylor. It was as complete as any Hallmark, with an artistic rendering and a sentiment inside. This was Saylor’s “experience, strength and hope” to Gracie.
On the front Saylor had drawn a picture with three distinct sections.
The top part is filled little clouds, the squiggly unmistakable kind we all learned to make as children. In the middle of the clouds there’s a rendering of the sun, a circle with spidery lines extending out. In midair she drew two persons, both bearded and looking very much alike. So as to be very clear, Saylor wrote their Heavenly names out to the side and then drew arrows pointing to the respective sources of divine help. Finally down on the ground, standing in tall grass are two smiling little girls, one smaller than the other, one with little stick figure crutches, their heads tipped upward.
Inside were the following words:
I hope u get better after surgry. When u are nervouse or scared think about Jesus Christ and heavly father, and another way is to pray, and ask as meny qweshions as u can. I hope that u will go throuth the surgerys as u grow and always remember that heavenly father will make u brave.
This little messenger knows something that most adults don’t know. She knows who the Real support person is, and that the very best way to help is to direct others to the One who gives just the right support, the One who has power to “make us brave.”
Whoever thinks that little children are not quite capable of understanding the doctrine of Christ, the doctrine of being rescued, recovered, saved, has never met Gracie’s sponsor. I want to grow up to be a support person like Saylor.
By Nannette W.
Posted Monday, June 3, 2013
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