Let’s take a walk to the creek, I said…
and all three said yes.
So, we played in the magic of a late afternoon- in mud and in sunshine and in peace. We played until the breeze turned cold and the sun threatened to disappear… and then we turned toward the Blue House again.
The littlest called out to me from way behind,
Wait! Wait. I want to hold your hand! I just like to hold your hand.
And so I waited while her little barefoot feet inched their way over rocks and sticker-weed, finally making their way to me. And, I held her hand.
I love you, she said. I love you because you hold my hand even when it is dirty… even when I am dirty and muddy and messy, you hold my hand.
And that, dear ones, that is as close to the Gospel story as you will ever find here in this broken world.
Oh, what grace to have played a part in it.