Thursday, May 21, 2009

Of God's Gifts, a Baby/Child is of the Greatest

I am enjoying the most recent additions to the photos of my children and grandchildren that grace my kitchen walls. Smiling, innocent, sweet, beautiful, trusting children. I also enjoy it when photos of these innocent ones appear on your blogs. Do you know what a precious treasure your children are? Of course you do. Do you know what a precious treasure you are to your children? I hope you do. Being a parent is the toughest job in the world but also the most important and wonderful. I am grateful that you, my children, are good, loving parents to your children.

“Know you what it is to be a child? It is to be something very different from the man of to-day. It is to have a spirit yet streaming from the waters of baptism; it is to believe in love, to believe in loveliness, to believe in belief; it is to be so little that the elves can reach to whisper in your ear; it is to turn pumpkins into coaches, and mice into horses, lowness into loftiness, and nothing into everything, for each child has its fairy godmother in its own soul.” ~Francis Thompson

“The child must know that he is a miracle, that since the beginning of the world there hasn't been, and until the end of the world there will not be, another child like him.” ~ Pablo Casals

Recently a beautiful, trusting, four year old boy (Angelo Mendoza, pictured below) was horribly mutilated by his own father. The story was so disturbing, I wasn't sure if it was appropriate to even bring it up here. My prayer is that Heavenly Father will pour down special blessings on this sweet child and that his life may yet be one of joy.


Katscratchme said...

It is always terrible to hear of parents that treat their children in such a way.
A mother here in NM hardly more than a week ago suffocated and buried her son in a playground. My only comfort is that I know that sweet little boy is home with Heavenly Father now.

Trillium said...

Angelo M did not die; he will be blind the rest of his life. And he will have to overcome the fact that those he trusted betrayed that trust.

Anonymous said...

That is awful! It's sad that some people don't realize what treasures they have in their children (I know I forget sometimes).

Rebecca said...

I read an article about Angelo and was deeply bothered by it. I can not understand what brings parents to do the things they do to their children.

For that matter, I don't understand why some people don't value any life and am saddened by the feelings of hate towards others - it seems to be running rampant in today's society.

Trillium said...

Sometimes when I think of the terror and pain he felt I can't help but cry for him. I think it's the saddest story I have ever read.

Trillium said...

well, this sweet little boy will probably haunt me forever. It's now been about two weeks since I posted this story and it still makes me cry. It will always make me cry until the day he is resurrected whole and perfect, and the Lord Jesus Christ wipes away all tears.