Tuesday, October 2

Seeing the heart.

After a long, long day at work, I returned home tonight in tears.  They were mostly sad tears, the kind that well up inside and then just quietly slip down your checks when you least expect it.  The kids were already eating dinner as I walked in the door, so I wandered into the dining room, pulled up a chair between them, plastered a smile on my face and asked them how their days were. 


It took my son all of 30 seconds to see beyond the false smile and forced cheeriness and straight into my heart.  At the tender age of almost 3, he can normally be heard roaring like a lion and pouncing on his sister.  He is physical and active and tough -- "100%  boy" is the comment I often get from strangers when they first meet him.  

My rough and tumble son looked me square in the eyes, pulled me close for a hug, gave me several slobbery yogurt kisses, asked if I needed a band-aid (because tears equal band-aids to the 3 and under crowd) and then invited me to come watch a movie with him on the couch downstairs.  When I didn't move fast enough, he invited me again with a nudging "Up Momma!" 

As we snuggled into the couch, he and I each with our favorite blankets, he patted me in consolation.  I caught my breathe in wonder.  How is it that my three-year-old is more perceptive to the secret tears of another than most adults?  How many people did I obliviously pass by today who needed a hug and an encouraging word? 

Lord, give me and every woman the wisdom and discernment to really see into the eyes and hearts of those we encounter.  Help us to perceive the secret tears, Lord, and give us the compassion to offer a smile, a hug, or a pat on the knee. Amen.

Give me Your eyes for just one second/
Give me Your eyes so I can see/
Everything that I keep missing/
Give me Your love for humanity/
Give me Your arms for the broken-hearted/
The ones that are far beyond my reach/
Give me Your heart for the ones forgotten/
Give me Your eyes so I can see.

 Lyrics from "Give Me Your Eyes" (Brandon Heath)


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