The 5th graders were lined up and walking into the gymnasium filled with friends and family. I saw my student walk in. He seemed surprised to see me, in fact, almost tripping over the student in front of him. He smiled widely; you know the kind that involves all parts of the face. He gave a little wave as he made his way up to the front with the other children. I waved back.
As a Kids Hope mentor, I was sitting in the front row designated for our group. He waved at me from where he sat … a shy little wave. I waved back. While awards were announced, his name was called for one, and I clapped as he stood up being recognized. I realized his parents were unable to make it to the graduation and I was the one to receive his waves and wave back.
All of us need someone to wave to … someone that we know is supportive of us and cheering us on. Especially children need this as they are growing wondering who they are and what they can become. I remember when Kids Hope began, a principal at a school said in an attempt to show the great need of many students, that if a mentor would simply stand at the fence while children played and waved at one, it would make a difference.
Jesus is in our corner, watching, perhaps waving, and cheering us on. He surrounds us with his love and support, so that we can love and support others.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for being there for me and sending people into my life for love and support. I pray that I can pay it forward when given the opportunity. Amen