Thursday, November 12, 2015

A Treasured Gift From a Determined Son

My third son doesn't want me to be lazy.  He's made me work as a mom, as of late.  Some may (kindly) call him determined.  I would add persistent and lively.  I pray that those innate characteristics bloom into assets.  Determined people are world changers.  The mothers of determined children just need to ensure their son or daughter changes the world in the right way.

This week his determination was at and all time high.  This mother hit her knees and offered up "Lord help him" and "Lord help me" prayers more times than I care to remember.  Every interaction with him required a lot of deep breathes and "happy place" thinking.  By the end of the week, I was wiped and frustrated.

On Thursday, his class traveled to a Christmas craft show to sing for the shoppers.  The students had time to peruse the booths and gaze at all the goodies.  This son had a few dollars and tucked them into his pocket to spend at the fair.  He certainly had his pick of "finds."  There were plenty of chocolates, superhero knickknacks, and even a Lego display.

When I picked him up from school, he greeted me by the car with a smile.  He outstretched his hand and uncurled his fingers.  A bracelet nestled in his palm.

"I bought this for you," he chirped.

I gazed at the bracelet, adorned in black beads with a crystal cross, and choked back tears.

"Did you get anything else?" I asked.

"No," he replied.  "I just wanted to get you something."

I slipped on the bracelet and decided this was my very favorite, most treasured gift.  When I looked at it, I thought about one of the best parts of my son: his generosity.  I needed this bracelet.  I needed a constant visual of the beauty found within my son.  

I prayed for God to let me see my son through His eyes.  I prayed that I would see the good in him.  And when I looked at the cross on this bracelet, I thought about the amazing ways that God answers prayers.

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