Date: August 28, 2016
The little boy loved trucks – backhoes, dump trucks, graders, and bucket loaders. He loved reading his picture book or watching his video about big trucks. When his neighbor started new construction, the little boy begged his mom to watch every day. They watched for hours as the yellow backhoe dug a new foundation hole. One day, the backhoe operator waved to the little boy. The little boy waved back. The next day the backhoe operator stopped working, got out of his cab and walked over to the mom and little boy. “If it’s okay with your mom, how’d you like to dig the foundation with me?”
“In the backhoe?” the boy whispered in awe.
“In the backhoe,” the man laughed.
His mom thought it was fine so long as she could watch. The man and the boy climbed inside the cab of the noisy machine. The boy sat on his lap, his eyes wide and his smile wider.
Placing the boy’s hands on the levers, and his hands atop the boy’s hands, the two of them set to work. The man’s face was serious. The boy’s face was gleeful.
This backhoe man often let little children dig big holes with him in his powerful backhoe. Kindheartedness toward children is inspired. The Rabbi himself was kindhearted toward children. He said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them. Heaven belongs to such as these.” Aren’t we all children? Can’t we all be kind?
Let’s Pray: Dear God, let Your blessings fall on Your sons and daughters who are kindhearted toward the little children. Amen.
Here’s a Thought: God’s Heaven belongs to children.
Source: Matthew 19:13-14