Friday, January 15, 2010

Praying for compassion

You may recall me mentioning that before Nathan was born, Eric and I chose 3 different character traits that we wanted to pray for for him. One of the traits we selected is compassion. It is so awesome seeing this value developing in my young son. Yesterday at lunch, Nathan was talking about a big storm that had happened far away, and he told me that some people were hurt and lost their houses. I asked if he meant Haiti. And he said, "Yes, Haiti. We should give food and toys to those kids." Yes, dear boy, we should. It confirmed for me that we should send our grocery money right away to Haiti, where it is needed far more than we *need* another box of crackers.


It is so difficult living in this tension, isn't it? We have been given so much, and we want to do what we can for the hurting people in Haiti or elsewhere, but we also have the details of our daily lives to attend to. I think about this tension a lot.

I want to teach my kids to be sensitive to the needs of others. And I want to teach myself that, too. Along these lines, I appreciated this post this morning.

10 comments:

Mom said...

Wow -- what a peek into Nathan's heart and mind! I'm sure he will grow up to be a very caring person -- after all, he is being raised by very caring parents!

It may help Nathan to know that Aunt Mary has been involved in relief efforts. (I'm not sure in exactly what way as she has been too busy to communicate details.)

We had an unexpected extra amount of money to give this week -- providentially, I'm sure -- which we sent through World Vision.

Love you, Mom

Katie said...

I do remember you mentioning you praying for specific character traits for Nathan, and that really intrigued me. At no other time in my life did the "Pray without ceasing" verse resonate so vividly in my mind like when I was pregnant with each of my children. Reading your post about praying even about their personality really struck me, and it's neat to hear your testimony of God's faithfulness in answering your prayers.

Thanks for sharing your family's compassion for the Haiti people...we can all pray and help even from so far away.

Blessings,
Katie

thehomespunheart said...

I love Nathan's heart - that is so precious.

Kendra said...

Wow - this is so neat and so very special to see. God is definitely using you and Eric to foster the characteristic you prayed for. I love that you were already planning on giving your grocery money away and the opportunity so evidently presented itself, which Nathan was a part of revealing!

Kim said...

Wow, reading that makes we want to cry. You are raising a wonderful little boy. We are donating 50 cents to the Red Cross for every link and comment:

http://pugetsoundprudence.blogspot.com/2010/01/giving-back-challenge.html

Savings and Stewardship said...

I pray fervently for a compassionate heart for my children as well!! Something I think the Lord asks of us.

I'd love for you and your readers to link up or comment at Savings & Stewardship where we're donating $1 to World Vision for each entry!

Anne Marie@Married to the Empire said...

What a neat testimony about God's faithfulness in answering prayer! And such a wonderful idea to pray for character traits in each of your children. It's incredible to me that Nathan is even aware of what's going on in the world at such a young age. Compassion, indeed!

This month is proving difficult for us, as we had an extraordinarily high electric bill. This time, giving hurts. We've opted to give through Samaritan's Purse, and we're giving up eating out money to do it. I think we can forgo restaurants in light of the fact that there are people who don't even have a home anymore. In that light, giving doesn't really hurt when I realize how incredibly blessed I am, even when money is tighter than normal.

kelseylynae said...

What a beautiful heart Nathan has. And just as our hearts are reflections of our Father's heart, I feel his is a reflection of yours and Eric's.

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Cortney said...

What a great idea to pray for specific character traits for your children. And what a blessing to see those prayers being answered. Thanks for sharing this.