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Saturday, March 15, 2008


He walked right past me in the foyer with his coat hanging off of his head and still looked a little grumpy. He refused to talk much, and I noticed that he was a little bothered during Kid Connect. Finally, I couldn't take it anymore and I knelt down towards where he was and said:

- "Caleb! You've been sad all morning long, wanna' tell me what happened?"

Without much hesitation he looked at me and said:

            - "Yes... Alex was being mean to me this morning, that's why I moved to sit with Netania. 

            - "Really?" I replied.

            - "Yes…"

And to my surprise, at that very second, Alex came running by to say hi! I then told Alex how Caleb was feeling and said that maybe they should talk about it. Alex, who is a little taller than Caleb, quickly sat on the floor and crossed his legs so that they would be at the same level, AND he gently asked:

            - "Caleb, do you feel like I was being mean to you?"

Once again, with little tears in his eyes, Caleb replied:

            - "Yes…"

Alex then took a second to look at the ceiling but very quickly, as if the greatest idea had just dawned upon him, very excitedly, he turned to me and said:

- "Pastor Aly! I know how I can make it better!"

- "You do?" I asked.

- "Yeah! I just play with him!"

And instantly, out of the corner of my eye I saw little Caleb's face brighten up and he had the biggest smile I had seen all day! I quickly asked:

- "Caleb, does that work for you?"

Before he could even finish nodding, 'YES!' he and Alex took off running towards the Fellowship Hall. Never before had Matthew 18:3 made so much sense…

            And he said: "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. (NIV)

Undoubtedly there are all sorts of languages in the world, yet none of them is without meaning (1 Corinthians 14:20). The active language of forgiveness that Alex and Caleb taught me that morning is beyond anything I had ever seen. Even Albert Einstein knew that, "Setting an example is not the main means of influencing another, it is the only means."

            - Thank you, Alex.

            - Thank you, Caleb.