|Feb 1, 2015||Needy|
Date: February 01, 2015
My very young son went into the ski lodge to eat. I went for fast runs down the slope.
The stranger on the chairlift lamented skiing alone. All his pals were busy with family.
I replied. “I’m with my son. We are having fun. He’s eating in the lodge.”
He said, “I wish my pals were here.”
An hour later with my son, as we moseyed down a beginner slope, we saw a boy fall in front of us. We stopped to see if he was okay, and collected his skis for him. He was fine. He followed us down and into the lift line. He talked about forgetting his skis and having to rent. At the top he waited for us, and then went down with us, talking all the while. He needed something – love maybe, a family, friends? I didn’t know what. The ease with which he joined us said to me, “needy child.” Under another chairlift, I asked him if he was with anyone.
The boy said, “My step-dad’s here. He leaves me on this side and skis by himself over there. At the end of the day we have one race down to see who wins.”
Suddenly, his name rang out from the chairlift above us, saying, “Stay there.” It was the step-dad who had said he was alone.
Let’s Pray: Dear God, we pray for lonely, needy children who attach themselves to any stranger who shows them kindness. Bless those who have the power to love them. Give them love. Amen.
Today’s Thought Is: “Why should God reward you if you love only the people who love you?”*
Matthew 5:46 Good News Translation