For several months, our nephews, Riley (9) and Colin (just turned 7) have kept themselves quiet and occupied during church by coloring sheets in a Crayola Minions pack that they have, almost exactly like this one.
One Sunday, Colin asked me who some of the people were on the prayer list. He was going to color some of the pages for these people and he wrote "Get Well Soon. Love, Colin" on them.
As if that wasn't sweet enough, a 6 year old boy on his own determination and his own pure and innocent heart doing what he could with what he had to spread love and kindness to others...then, this happened.
He started coloring several of these pages, writing his little note and he gave a stack to my dad, asked him to take them to the hospital (where he works also) and give them to people who were sick and they would make them feel better.
So, my Dad, the best Granddad in the WORLD, did just as Colin asked. He overheard a family talking in the cafeteria at lunch one day, and heard enough to know that their family member was a patient. He approached the table and gave the woman one of Colin's coloring pages with his note and explained to her that his 6 year old grandson made the card for people who were sick hoping it would help them feel better.
Last week, my Dad was called to the main lobby to pick up something left for him. It was a note from the lady he met in the cafeteria several weeks earlier with a letter that she had written for Colin.
There are immeasurable lessons to be learned from this story, but the one I keep coming back to over and over in the past week are these verses that my Dad shared with us...
"Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever receives one such child in my name receives Me."