Learning from Lily

My sweet girl

“But if a man has this world’s goods, and sees that his brother is in need, and keeps his heart shut against his brother, how is it possible for the love of God to be in him? My little children, do not let our love be in word and in tongue, but let it be in act and in good faith” (1 John 3:17-18, BBE).

I knew my eight-year-old Lily was needing some extra attention. So I took her out on a mom-daughter date. I let her pick the restaurant, and soon we were seated, waiting for our rotisserie chicken and fries. Our table was next to a long, tall window that covered that whole side of the building. As we waited, she gazed out on the street.

A woman sat on the sidewalk across the street, peddling her wares. Her small, disheveled children slumped beside her, staring absently at passersby. Lily asked me, “Are they poor, Mommy?” I acknowledged that they probably were. Another family sat in a motocar on our side of the street. They seemed to be waiting for something. Curious faces peered back at Lily as she watched. “Are those kids hungry, Mommy?” she asked again. I wondered out loud with her about it. Lily added this question, “Are we rich?” I told her that we surely are. (Nothing like encountering hungry people to bring to your attention just how wealthy you are).

Our food arrived, and we tucked it away with gusto. We were just slowing down, when a middle-aged man came walking down the sidewalk outside the window. He stopped when he got to us. He stood right there, just a couple feet away, on the other side of the glass. He stared at the food left on our plates. He did not move.

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