Thursday, November 10, 2011

A Gift of Love

I wanted to make a little bookmark or something to send Kiran, the little boy I sponsor through World Vision. You’re allowed to send the kids small, flat things in the mail: pictures, postcards, bookmarks, stickers, etc. And  I’ve started this prayer doodling thing, so I thought I’d do a prayer doodle of his name with a hand and foot, as the first suggested prayer World Vision gives to sponsors is to “let me be the hands and feet of Christ to help provide a path to a better life through His love.” I always thought there was an actual Scripture that referenced the hands and feet of Christ, but I discovered there isn’t—it’s from a Catholic prayer, adapted from Scripture about the body of Christ. So that kinda through me for a loop since I wanted to reference the actual verse. Then I looked up the meaning of Kiran’s name which is ‘ray of light’ and that really touched me. I thought Kiran is a ray of Christ’s light in my life, shining love and hope into my heart. You think it’s the other way around-what we’re doing for them, but really it’s the opposite. I look at his picture-this sweet boy with those big brown eyes and my heart melts. I whisper prayers of God’s love and peace for him, for me, worlds apart yet joined in this love, this opportunity to be the body of Christ. Now what to draw for him? I’m thinking a lighthouse with the verse from Matthew 5:14-16, “You are the light of the world…Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” I wish I knew how to translate it to his language-if I knew what language he speaks…Hindi? I tried the Google translator but I’m afraid it won’t be right and I’ll have said something wrong. I’ll just leave it to the interpreters on that end to translate it for Kiran and hope he understands the love I send with it.

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