Just sat with a little girl at lunch who already understands the reality of rejection in life. She asked to stay in from lunch/recess so she could write in her book but she really just needed someone to listen. She talked about her life and how she is used to people leaving, coming in and out of her life without remorse. Parents who are not there for any of her siblings or her. She told me her older sister was admitted to inpatient mental care because she has been cutting herself.
Seventh grade. 😢
These were the words she spoke. “My sister doesn’t feel loved. I love her but sometimes we don’t know how to show it.” I just try to be there for her and for her to know that I care.” We have a lot of bad things happening right now though.”
This little girl knows abandon, rejection and sadness. But she already knows she does not want to repeat that for others. She needed to say how important it is to her to be a good friend to her sister. What a sweetheart.
Then I open to this devotion. How perfect.
From Our Daily Bread, 2/8/17
Good friends don’t abandon us when external circumstances change. They stay with us through the good and the bad days. Good friends also may point us to God in the ugly days, when we may feel tempted to walk away from our Lord.
Real friendships are a gift from God because they exemplify the perfect Friend, who remains loyal through the good, the bad, and the ugly days. As the Lord reminds us, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (Heb. 13:5).
I can’t change this little girls circumstances but I sure as hell will be praying hard for her. I can’t teach her about Jesus at school but I can show her His love.
I’m proud of you Madison, eat lunch with me any time you want sweet girl. 🙌🏻❤️
Loved By Grace,