Being an Aunt, or a “Ti-Ti” as it is often called, is such an enormous blessing to my life. I know I’m not a Mom yet, but it sure is good practice just being “Ti-Ti-Lisa.”
I always say that it’s a wonderful thing when we can bless people. However, to bless a child is even more greater than what we could ever imagine or hope for. The children are the future, and through Christ, we are their stepping stones toward a life filled with Him.
My two year old neice, Saira was going to sleep over my house on Saturday night because my sister in law had to work for a friend. I had just picked her up and was dropping off her milk and pull ups in to my house before dropping my sister off home. Saira had been crying for her Mommy since she had a cold and wasn’t feeling too well. Normally, she wouldn’t cry at all being by mine and my husband’s house, but that night, she was.
I always, for some reason was bashful about singing to a child. I don’t know why, I guess I’m just weird, I don’t know. However, tonight I felt suddenly different since Saira was crying.
I asked my sister, Jenny to bring the bags from the store in to my house for me so I could help Saira to relax.
Within about a minute, maybe less, a favorite song of mine by Jim Brickman called, “Love Never Fails,” where the words are taken from 1st Corinthians, started playing. It’s such a beautiful song that fills you with God’s loving Spirit and joy, and reminds one that love does in fact conquer all, if we love in the ways of the Lord. Even the woman who sings it, whose name I can’t recall at the moment, sounds like an angel, as she sings it so sweet.
For some reason, I just started singing the song to Saira, looking in her eyes. She started to stare at me, then suddenly she smiled and touched my lip so gently. To make a child smile with my voice when they’ve been hurting has always been something that I’ve been wanting to do, but never really tried. Usually in the nursery school I work for, when I sing, I sing in a funny, joking way. But that night, with Saira in the car, knowing she was my special neice, I guess the Lord so moved me to make her smile by using the gift that He had given me. It’s such a wonderful blessing to be able to bless a child, by being a vessel for God’s love. Saira’s smile was one of sudden peace and happiness. I was filled with awe and wonder as I gazed in to my beautiful neice’s eyes as they watched me, holding her soft little finger, with a loving caress.
I was touched myself, just by reaching out to my neice. And there was no need to buy anything at the store to make her smile, no piece of candy or sugar coated entity that brought her happiness that night. It was me, finally giving in to God’s will, instead of my petty fears of senseless lies from below, that made her smile. Thanks be to the Almighty for using me to brighten the heart of his precious little girl, Saira, who I love very much and always will.
And so many people think that there’s nothing to be learned from a child… Huh! Guess again, world. I just did. I know for a fact. Praise God!
Saira-God's little angel to the world, and to my heart, to remain there for all eternity.