Posted by: Cathi Brese Doebler | March 26, 2009

Loving those we have never met

From the time that they are very young, children are interested in everything. This includes noisy things like fire trucks, police cars, and ambulances. Whenever we are driving somewhere and hear a rescue vehicle nearby, we always talk about it. The kids look for the direction of the noise, the lights on the vehicle, and then they talk about where the rescue vehicle is going.

This is also one of those opportunities when we talk about the power of prayer. I have explained to my kids that whenever I hear the sound of a rescue vehicle, I quickly say a prayer for the person or people who need the help that is on its way to them. I ask God to watch over that stranger in need by giving them strength and courage, and to help the rescue workers in their speed and actions while helping others.

It is just a simple reminder that gives the children an opportunity to see prayer being used for others, and love being shared with strangers who don’t even know that prayers are being said for them.

We are taught about the connection between God’s love for us and our love for others in 1 John 4:7-11, “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent His only Son into the world, so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”

A child learns so much about love from your own actions. In what ways can you teach your child about loving others today?

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