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Finley’s baby

Finley is very much a toddler boy, but every once in a while we see little glimpses of compassion in his heart.

Just the other day, while reading the three little kittens on the couch, we got to the part where they lost their mittens.  In the picture, the three kittens have big, sad tears streaming down their faces.  Finley took one look at them and burst into tears.  He looked into my eyes, “Mama!  Mama!” he said as he pointed at the kitties, showing them to me.  -Mama, do you see their pain?  They are crying!-

Today when he woke up, he saw a picture of Beatrice from RR on the computer.

“BABY!!!  BABY!!!”  he said, joyfully.

“BABY!!!” he smiled.

“Yes, honey, that baby has no nose, and her eyes are closed, do you see that?” I asked him.

He looked hard at the baby and touched his nose.  “Nose,” he said quietly, concerned. “Nose?” he asked me.

“Yeah, this baby was born with no nose and needs a mama and a papa, quick!  Do you want to pray for the baby?” I asked him.

“Yeah,” he said quietly, while folding his hands, looking at her.

“Dear God, please help baby Beatrice.  Please help her to feel love and comfort and help her to have a mama and a papa really quickly!  Amen!”

“AMEEEEEN!!!!” he chimed in.

Today while going down for his nap, he started to cry when I was leaving.

“Honey, do you want to pray for baby Beatrice?  Do you want to pray for the baby with no nose?”

He stopped crying right away, and said, “Yeah.”

We prayed for baby B, that her family would come soon.  That a family would commit to her, and see her beauty.

Later, when Hawea came over to play, Finley ran up to her.  “BEYA!!  He announced.  “Nose,” he said, as he touched her nose.  “Nose.”

“Oh yeah, did you tell Beya about the baby with no nose that you are praying for?”  He nodded that he did.  We printed out her picture and put it up at his level so he can remember his baby and pray for her.  When he sees her he clasps his hands.

And later, he threw a block at Beya’s back…

Hmmm, I suppose he’s still all boy.

We pray that his heart would be one of compassion often, but we’re all a work in progress 🙂

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  • Kym August 9, 2012, 3:29 am

    So sweet. Watching children grow to understand praying for and thinking of other’s has got to be one of the best parts. I’ve yet to experience that with my own son (he’s just a year and a half) but I’ve seen it in kids that I have nannied for and it is so endearing. Reading this story about Finley made my day 🙂

  • Jennie August 10, 2012, 11:28 pm

    Thank you for this post and for your prayers! I’m Beatrice’s “guardian angel” through RR. I just love her and think she’s gorgeous, nose or no nose. I’m praying so hard her family finds her soon, although I really wish we could just adopt her. Thank you again for your prayers!

  • Melissa November 2, 2016, 10:16 pm

    Dear sweet Finley, Jesus heard your prayers and sent her a family who lives her dearly Her name is Katie and she is now 5-years-old! She also has 6 brothers and sister who love her!
    Thank you for praying her home to us!

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