“How will
them love me?”

This from my
little boy with big brown eyes, like a puppy. 
Standing in front of me this morning in his new Teenage Mutant Ninja
Turtles shirt, backpack on, he adds, “I have a new shirt.”


“I feel . .
. what’s the word? Not scared . . .” 

Blond hair,
blue-green eyes, he scrunches his face in the morning sunlight.  Gears turn as he searches for the new word he’s
learned in the days leading up to the first day at a new preschool.  The new word gives name to something he’s
known up until now only by its bodily sensation. 

“Nervous?” I

“Yeah!” he
says, “Nervous.”

Naming it
eases the tension in his face.  For now,
naming it is enough.


“I feel
scared.  What if I don’t know all the
letters?” Isaiah asks.

The older
two have boarded buses headed to separate schools and the twins are strapped
into the van.  Then we too are off.  Just down the road, we pass the old preschool.

“When will
we see our teachers again?” Isaiah asks, in a tone of melancholy.  “Them really loved us.”


These little
boys of mine will be fine, but oh, their honest, transparent hearts.  Their simple words, their freedom to be
utterly vulnerable with me.

In their
openness, they open a window to my own heart – to each of our hearts.  For we each carry within us similar
questions, similar fears. 

How will
they love me?

What if I
don’t know enough?

This day, I
hope you will take time to tend to the child within you.  The one that asks such simple, clear questions.  I hope you will remember that each person you
meet also carries similar questions. 
That within the eyes of a stranger you will see the eyes of a little
boy, a little girl, who simply wants to know they are loved. 

you?  Yes, you?

Oh, friend,
you are loved.  You are enough.

May you hear
the voice of the One who calls you Beloved.   

*   *   *

Welcome to the #SmallWonder link-up.

What if we chose to deliberately look for the small moments of wonder, the small sparks of presence, of delight or sorrow, of true humanity in which we meet God? 

That’s my proposal – that we gather here each week to share one moment of Wonder from each of our days.  

You’re invited to link-up a brief post about a small moment of wonder.  Don’t worry if your post is too long, too short, or not just right – you’re welcome to come as you are.  

While you’re here, please do take a look around and encourage at least one other blogger with a comment.  


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