Sunday, May 31, 2009

A Blessing in the Night

During the night I had an unexpected blessing.


I wish I could say that my children always treat each other with the utmost kindness and respect. But, that is not always the case. In fact, two of my sons really struggle to be civil to one another. I think part of the problem is the normal competitiveness that exists between brothers close in age. Then, there are "irreconcilable differences" that arise from having vastly different personalities and from being total opposites in most every way. All of this is compounded by the fact that they must live in close quarters, since we have six boys squished into one small bedroom!


So, last night when one of these sons stumbled downstairs in the wee hours of the morning holding his head and crying with a TERRIBLE headache, it was a Tremendous Blessing to me to discover that his older brother had been attending to him, giving him Advil, finding him a blanket and covering him up on the couch. I was quite frankly, shocked, to observe the compassionate way he was treating him, even when his own sleep had been interrupted by his brother's moaning and groaning.


This incident ignited in me a spark of Hope for their relationship and a Joy that I don't have words to describe. My heart overflowed with just this one simple act of kindness. There must be no greater joy for a mom than to see her children serving each other in love!!!

7 comments:

kristilea said...

I'm crying!!! What a blessing. It really shows that when the rubber meets the pavement, Godly values that are taught in the home, will come out. I'm soooo happy you were able to experince this!

Rebecca's Refining said...

I love when God gives those little bits of encouragement in our day - He knows when we need it! Love you!

Jules said...

When boys share a space, have differing personalities, are slowly changing into men, then there is going to be times when they just don't get along. But underneath it all there is still that familial tie which cannot be broken. How often have I quoted to my boys, "How good it is when we all live together in brotherly love"? Some times it was almost a threat! But since some of my sons have left home, I've noticed an increase in their concern for one another that was never there when they were sharing space and parental attention. It does get better! Just keep encouraging them to treat each other right and one day you'll be surprised to discover that they really do mean it and no longer need reminding! In fact their love for one another will be so deep that you'll be amazed.

busymomof10 said...

Thank you Jules for the encouragement! You know what it is like with a house full of boys! :)

L.H. said...

Almost every guy I know who has a brother within four years of his age, has some kind of sibling rivalry going with him. Though most of them are close to their brother in general, there has always been some kind of "issues."

Praise God for your testimony about your sons! God can do anything! No relationship is too strained for him to turn around!

righteoustamale said...

I have two sons who are 2-1/2 years apart and I remember the older one having a jealous time with his younger brother. It began when we brought him home from the hospital. Through the years it was difficult at times and now they are so close and kind to one another. Actually, they are 24 and 21 and share a room in their apartment. The LORD is so very kind.

Lainie said...

I would love for my oldest two to display compassion toward each other. You've given me hope that it might happen - someday!

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