The Sun and the Rain, the Good and the Bad

“You have heard that it was said, “You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.” But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and the good, he send rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous.”  Matthew 5:43-45.

She likes to linger at the prayer sand box on our family altar. Nearly everyday she spends a few minutes there.

Honestly, sometimes I think her only purpose is to spill the majority of the contents on the floor.

Today, she prayed a sun.

“What’s that?” I asked.

“You know, God makes the sun and rain for everybody. God knows when I’m kind and all that. And God knows when I’m screamy and all that. And I still get some sun and rain.” she said.

I walked away and left her with God and her sun prayer.

But I prayed, “Oh Lord, when I’m “all that” you are good. When those around me are “all that,” you are good. Give me your steadfast, long suffering, never giving up love. Help me to give sun and rain to those who need it.”

Tomorrow I’m going to see how much sand I can dump on the floor.

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