Sweet Praise

 This afternoon I have a real treat for you. Welcome my sweet friend Rhea Riddles who joins me over at Christian Women’s Online Network. Rhea was one of the first to extend a kind word of encouragement to me as I entered in to the frontier of blogging. She writes in such a  descriptive, warm way that you might think you were right there with her. As you read her post today take in the scene, see it through her eyes and enjoy the break. You will not be disappointed.

“Jesus loves the little children, all the children ofthe world…♫♪”

 I knew the tune she was humming.

Her eyes were of a deep brown hue, so dark I could almost see my reflection in them. As I gazed deeply I could discern flecks of golden topaz winking back at me. She was a beautiful child. A crown of dark braids, with rebellious curls escaping capture, was competing for my attention with the many tiny ribbons that seem to float gracefully on her head.

She spoke Creole and had beautiful brown skin; I spoke Kentucky and have a redhead’s freckled skin, but we connected; this adopted great-niece from Haiti.

 A bond formed as God in His usual fashion was at work in two hearts at the same time on the same subject. A tender love for this child—an escapee from the devastating Haitian earthquake—overwhelmed me.  I had a glimpse of the unfathomable love God sheds on His children. We shared a hesitant hug, as new friends do.

Then, holding me with her eyes, in stilted English, she began to sing…

~Matthew 21:16 b  Jesus answered, “Don’t you know that the scriptures say children,and infants will sing praises?” CEV

 “Father give me a childlike praise in my heart today.”


  1. LaMonica says:

    This was really nice and so very true when we allow God to soften our hearts to “different” than me. I still have many friends from my childhood that are still “different” from me and I welcome them all…I am thankful for the “different”, I see God in our “different” thank you so much for sharing this story Rhea!! Remain a blessing,

  2. Julie, Thanks for having me here on your site, I enjoyed our “great” venture in sharing, lets do it again soon. rbriddle-blog.blogspot.com


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