Meet my buddy, he is an angel. I wrote about him in the last entry and I told you all I would post our photo here when my daughter Marianna emailed it to me.
This was taken at the nursing home we go to to visit and make new friends. I've always liked for my children to have friends of all ages... In homeschooling we are so blessed to be able to do that.
Calvin here is a younger little guy as you'll read below, he is almost completely deaf and has a hard time speaking, bless his heart, he is an angel. The first time I met him he dug into his pocket and pulled out a business size card with his name, "Calvin" on it.
He's truly an angel to me! Look at this sweet face of his! When I go to see him, he now holds his cheek up for me to kiss and I kiss him upon that chubby cheek, and make a big Muah! sound. He's a love and just a little bit of Heaven.
If you think you have problems, and you feel hot under the collar about anything....Just see my precious buddy here. His beautiful innocent smile says it all. This past visit Marianna was playing the piano and I was dancing around lightly clapping my hands with him, it brought tears to my eyes. A fellow volunteer, a precious homeschool mom and I met eyes, I mouth Hi to her with a smile, looking at her through tear-filled eyes across the room...She smiles back and looks back through big blue understanding eyes...
Oh friends it's the simple things! The simple things! It's not the busy-things, no. If you want to make some nice friends of all ages who will really be friends and minister to you more than you minister to them? If you want to teach children compassion and mercy and let them see a glimpse into a true relationship with Jesus, living out salvation? To a forgotten mission field? A place where folks may step over to the other side and it may be just you to have the blessed privilege to whisper the sweet name of Jesus to them before they depart? I recommend the nursing home.
Marianna brought me a nice little book by Helen Steiner Rice yesterday, it's called A Book of Hope. It has all kinds of wonderful verses in it. I was feeling blue yesterday and this book was just the thing!
Blessings in Disguise by Helen Steiner Rice from A Book of Hope
God sends His little angels in many forms and guises.
They come as lovely miracles that God alone devises.
He does nothing without purpose, everything's in a plan
To fulfill in bounteous measure all He ever promised man.
For every little angel with a body bent and broken
Or a mind quite challenged or with little words unspoken
Is just God's way of trying to reach out and touch the hand
Of all who do not know Him and cannot understand
That often through an angel whose wings will never fly
The Lord is pointing out the way to His eternal sky,
Where there will be no handicaps of body, soul or mind
And where all limitations will be dropped and left behind.
So accept these little angels as gifts from God above,
And thank Him for this lesson in faith and hope and love.
I hope all is well with everyone, today we had a rain and that is nice. We've experienced quite a drought.
I hope you enjoyed meeting my buddy, Calvin. He loves Jesus too.