Charlyne Cares for Kids

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Tell Me About This Jesus

One day an expert in religious law stood up to test Jesus by asking him this question: “Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus replied, “What does the law of Moses say? How do you read it?” The man answered, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” “Right!” Jesus told him. “Do this and you will live!”  Luke 10:25-28 (NLT)

Aaron and his friends laughed noisily as they made their way home from school. Aaron always loved this time of day – after the hard work of school and before the demands of chores at home. His friends had been so supportive since his dad had left. He didn’t know what he would do without them.

They heard hollering behind them and turned to see the neighborhood bully careening down the sidewalk on his bike, “accidentally” shoving those who were walking aside. Aaron had had several encounters with this bully, both at school and in the neighborhood. He had hurled insults at him, took things from him, even got physical with him. Aaron had no desire to meet up with him today.

The boys saw the encounter coming and stepped into a nearby yard, giving him a wide berth. “Sissies!” he yelled as he sped by them on his bike. The boys just regrouped and continued their walk.

When they came around the corner, they were surprised to see this bully laying in someone’s yard, his bike bent, his knee bleeding, his head in his hands. “Serves him right,” one of the boys sneered. They walked right by him, laughing loudly.

Aaron’s heart didn’t feel right. He stole several glances back as they continued walking. The boy was still sitting in the grass and Aaron could see by his body language that he was crying. Even though this boy had been mean to him in the past, Aaron knew he had to help him.

Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt compassion for him. Going over to him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. The next day he handed the innkeeper two silver coins, telling him, ‘Take care of this man. If his bill runs higher than this, I’ll pay you the next time I’m here.’ “Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?” Jesus asked. The man replied, “The one who showed him mercy.” Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same.”  Luke 10:33-37 (NLT)

“You guys go on,” he said to his friends. “I’m going to see if he’s all right.” With his friends giving him grief, Aaron returned to the site of the crash.

“Are you OK? Can I help you?” he asked the boy.

“What do you care?” he answered. “Nobody cares what happens to me.”

Aaron set the bike upright as much as he could and sat down beside the boy. “You know, I used to feel that way, too,” he said. “Especially when my dad left. I felt like no one cared about me or what I felt. Like I had no one I could count on.”

“Your dad is gone, too?” The boy finally looked up at Aaron. “How long?”

“Too long, “Aaron answered him. “But my mom and sister and I are praying for him. It feels good to be doing something to help him, even though I hated him at first for leaving. But praying with my family has taught me about forgiveness and about unconditional love and about Jesus, who loves us no matter what we’ve done. If God can forgive me for some of the stupid things I’ve done or the mean things I’ve said, then I need to forgive my dad, too.”

The boy swiped at his eyes and got up on his feet. Aaron grabbed the mangled bike and starting wheeling it. The two boys made their way slowly down the sidewalk and as they walked, the boy said to Aaron, “Tell me about this Jesus.”

How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger who brings good news, the good news of peace and salvation, the news that the God of Israel reigns!  Isaiah 52:7 (NLT)

God bless

A Stander in Nebraska

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