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Thank You For Letting Others Learn From Your Child

Emmalyne Kwasny, the author of this blog, served as one of our Corporate Interns this summer.

“Jesus called them to him, saying, ‘Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.'” – Luke 18: 16-17

What an honor it is that you share your child with others. Your child has taught me innumerable lessons. Parents, you fight for your child every day, fighting for acceptance, for fair treatment, for kind words. I am so honored when you allow and trust me to take care of your child, your prized possession. Thank you for sharing your treasure with me.

Parents, thank you for the opportunity to learn love through your child. Your child has taught me that love is shown a million different ways. Through a grasp of a hand, through a hug, through a smile, through light dancing in their eyes – love is communicated. “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” –1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Parents, thank you for the opportunity to learn patience through your child. Your child is so patient. Through my mix-ups, wrongdoings, mistakes, your child has given me grace. They have laughed with me at my mistakes, let me know I’ve messed up, repeat what they’ve said for the fifth time, and, most importantly, allowed me to try again, to enter back in. “Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast.” –James 5:7, 11

Parents, thank you for the opportunity to learn joy through your child. Your child’s smile is powerful. It shakes my joy, reminding me that I have no reason to not be joyful. Your child’s squeals of delight, claps of jubilation, jumps of glee, challenge my hushed joy. Your child reminds me that the struggles of this life are only temporary. We know the end! We can have joy in the midst of suffering because Jesus Christ overcame. He is victorious. “Clap your hands, all peoples! Shout to God with loud songs of joy!” –Psalm 47:1

Parents, thank you for the opportunity to be challenged by your child. Your child challenges me in my everyday faith. Your child’s love, patience, joy, and their simple existence causes me to question the desires and fears of my heart. My selfish, complaining spirit is revealed in the light of their peace. The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? – Psalm 27:1

Thank you for sharing your child with the world. They teach so many lessons. I thank God for your child and thank you for letting me get to know them.

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