Many years ago I worked in a Head Start program for the summer.
Precious memories of those energetic four year olds flood my mind.
All different colored eyes and shapes.
A variety of backgrounds
Two wearing glasses and some struggling with very simple skills
but all so eager to learn. For school.
I was preparing to be a teacher and loved this chance to work with these kids –
many whom had much less of this world’s advantages than I.
I left early to go to work each day. As if I couldn’t get enough of my time there.
Giggles and laughter.
Learning and growing.
I remember sitting at
the large wooden rectangular table
at snack time. Littles ones on each side.
Wiggly bodies. Tiny little hands. Beads of sweat on their noses sometimes.
They’d chatter back and forth and I absorbed every moment of their delightful company.
For the first time I knew that I was in my niche.
My eyes saw treasure and potential and value.
But my heart pulled me to look beneath the surface
and so I gazed with wonder.
I did the math and saw that the year I was 16
they were born.
Me, dealing with Latin, Geometry, friends, music and so much more
and their tender lives just beginning.
Me, living with advantages and them with so little. Heartbreaking little.
Some needing a good bath and their nails clipped.
Others obviously needing so much more. Why was it so?
My heart saw their innocence. Their worth.
My heart saw their possibilities.
My heart saw their disadvantages
and I longed to do more
Yes, the years have passed but I still see those precious little ones
and am grateful for that brief summer
when I was privileged to work with them.
All around us are folks with many, many needs.
It is all too easy to not even see them.
to be blind to the disadvantages, the needs whether physical, emotional, social or spiritual of another.
But we must resist that tendency – the numbing of our senses.
Lord, open my eyes and help me to see
and open my heart to respond to the needs calling to us all around.
See with your heart and it will change your life.
It continues to change mine.
How about you?