REJOICE WITH THOSE WHO REJOICE
By Erica Zeiler, one of our Beveni teammates
One morning as we were at the [Beveni] care point waiting for the food to be ready for the kids, we started singing a few songs with the preschoolers (any where from 1 yr olds to 6 yr olds). We went through the familiar ones, and then they started singing a song that said,
“The Lord is going to bless someone today....it may be you, it may be me, it may be somebody else.”
I was humbled by the fact that these kids, who have so little, who have been through so much, and who have a very hard life ahead of them are singing about how they can rejoice when others around them are blessed.
So often our first impulse when someone near us is blessed is to ask where our blessing is, or how we can earn it, or what we didn’t do right....yet true community and God-honoring love comes when we put others before ourselves. To be able to truly rejoice when someone else gets blessed, and not ask "why didn't I get that?" To be able to truly grieve with someone who grieves, without our first thought being, "Whew! I'm glad that didn't happen to me!"
God took me half way around the world to teach me through a bunch of preschoolers that I have a long way to go before I can say with integrity that I live out the command in Romans 12:15...
"Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.”
To read more about our trip from Erica's perspective, visit her blog: http://intheblinkofmyeyes.blogspot.com/