It was a sad, sad day when I heard a group of children mock the homeless. Why so sad? Because the children learned it somewhere. Most likely from adults. And that made me sad because …
Adults should understand the Power of Home.
But in this fallen world, we don’t understand as much as we could. I’ve been guilty of not understanding the Power of Home, even as a homeschooling parent.
Gaps: An Empty Space [ ]
As there are gaps in education, there are gaps in our heart-ication. Sometimes those gaps are filled with misinformation. We pick up an attitude and pass it along. We may not mean to, we may not realize we are doing it, but we do. Derision of the misunderstood is the easy route. The negative comes naturally.
Parents, will you pray with me?
Forgive us, Father. We thank you, Father. We are thankful to have a roof over our head, a family who loves us, and we are thankful for You – God Creator Savior Yourself – who walks with us daily. Help us remember others don’t know You want to walk with them. Help us love others as you have loved us. Help us hear Your heart so we can let our children hear words of compassion toward the homeless. Help our children hear our prayers in the car as we pass them. Help our children see our hands reach out to help in safe ways. Help us remember the Power of Home.
Finding the Gaps
The next time we see a homeless person, let’s check our thoughts.
- Do our thinkings line up with God’s mercies and compassions?
- What do our thoughts tell us about how we think God sees us?
- How does God see homelessness?
Sharing the Struggle
And while we are thinking, let’s share our struggle with our children. They may just be thinking what we are thinking.