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Topic: Heroes (03/08/04)

TITLE: A Worthy Hero
By Mary Elder-Criss
03/10/04

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A Worthy Hero
By: Mary Elder-Criss

She kneels and bows at the altar, tears gently trickling down her face, a prayer of petition quietly whispered from her lips. She asks for forgiveness for the times she has failed, and prays for help to be a better person in the future. Shiny brown hair hiding her face, her small shoulders quiver as she thanks Jesus for all that she has, and all that He has done for her. I lay my hand lightly on her back, and gently rub circles between her shoulder blades as I join my voice with hers, asking the Lord to bless her and always keep her close to His side.

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Many people define heroes in different ways. People often even model their lives after others that they consider to be worthy of this status. In these days, heroes frequently are rewarded with this reputation, only to later prove themselves unworthy of it. To many younger children, a major sports star, movie star, or a popular musician might be considered a hero. However, their lifestyles seldom are ones that reflect any practices or habits that we would desire our children to model their lives after. My pick for a champion is a bit closer to home. She may not be well known, yet that does not make her any less worthy. My hero’s name is Erin. She is eight years old, with freckles across her button nose, a pixie haircut, and an impish grin.

What definitive qualities does Erin possess at such a tender age that would cause me to label her as my hero? Is she really such a special individual, or am I just a prejudiced mother blathering on about her youngest child? Perhaps I am a bit predisposed in her favor since I did give birth to her, but I am not one of those mothers who are blind to their children’s faults. Just ask them, if you don’t believe me. Erin has faults of course, just like everyone else in the human flesh, but her strengths overpower her imperfections greatly. The biggest character strength that she possesses is her tender and gentle nature. Her compassionate disposition often has me praying that I might one day grow up to be more like her.

Her life and her temperament are a daily reminder to me of what it is to be humble, forgiving, long suffering, and kind. She has earned the nickname of our family’s “Prayer Warrior,” and is faithful in it. Her tree is laden with good fruit, and she shares it abundantly. She is a Jesus mirror, reflecting His love to all who come into contact with her. She is my hero, and a worthy one, indeed.

Copyright 2004


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KAREN FASIG03/15/04
What a blessing the Lord has given you.
Sarah Balk Bond03/15/04
You've done it again! You have a remarkable way of conveying the little things in your life, and making them important and relevant to everyone. You are very lucky to have Erin, but she is also lucky to have you.
Jacqueline Odom-Bullock03/15/04
It is such a blessing to have a child of God in your presence, especially when they are litteraly a child.
Christine Rhee03/15/04
I can really relate, with my own little eight year old prayer warrior here at home. I love reading what you write, Mary!
Ginnylynn Rodriguez03/16/04
Such an inspirational story & it's so unusual for a small prayer warrior. It would be marvelous to make a journal of your writings about her for her to treasure now and when she gets to be an adult.
Kathy Pollock03/17/04
As Erin's "auntie", I agree. I'd rather have Erin pray for me than just about anybody.
Helen Wiebe03/17/04
Very nice, but would you object to using a few less stars? They tend to widen the page, which causes scrolling. Its time consuming and when there are so many entries it would be better if our eyes could just drop down from one line to the next. You must be raising her right for her to be so fruit-filled at such a tender age. I pray her teen years don't spoil that.
Kenny Paul Clarkson03/18/04
Mary, This is extraordinarily inspirational.
Linda Germain 03/18/04
How precious. Your wanting to "grow up to be more like her" speaks volumes. Special mother - special child!
Dave Wagner03/19/04
Nicely done. I liked this thought: "...that I might one day grow up to be more like her."

That's worth the price of admission right there.
Dori Knight03/21/04
excellent piece, and very well written. it instantly brought to mind and gave dimension to matthew 18:3

thank you for sharing this wonderful story!
Naomi Deutekom03/21/04
Beautifully written