While her room is being painted, Little Brother has assumed the responsibility of caring for Middle Sister's palm tree (yes, she has a palm tree--I think she's going for a Tropical Paradise theme in her room). This morning he got a cup of water so he could water the plant. But he didn't get plain old bathroom water. Oh, no. His sister's plant deserves the best. He very carefully poured the water from the Brita pitcher in the kitchen, and carried it upstairs. He didn't even spill a drop.
Last night at our Secular Franciscan meeting, a certain passage from Matthew's Gospel was mentioned in our discussion. Little Brother modeled it for me today:
"Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin? Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father's knowledge....So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows." (Matthew 10:29,31)
Another passage, also from Matthew's Gospel, comes to mind also:
"Which one of you would hand his son a stone when he asks for a loaf of bread, or a snake when he asks for a fish? If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good things to those who ask him!" (Matthew 7:9-10)
Who knew that a little boy's simple act of carefully watering a houseplant could bring to mind the endless goodness of God?