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Third Sunday in Lent: My Brothers and Sisters

by Kim King Torres

Kim King Torres.
Kim King Torres is a Church and Community Worker serving Branches Outreach Ministry in Florida City near the southern tip of Florida.
Image by: Rachael Barnett
Source: Advance

"The LORD is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made." Psalm 145:9

When my youngest son, Caleb, was young he was trilingual. When asking for water he would say one word of the request in English, Spanish, and Creole. Growing up in Florida City and part of the Branches Outreach Ministry, Caleb believes everyone around him is part of his family. The teachers at his school are always amazed when he draws his family portrait with people of all shades of brown.

It is common for Branches kids or young adults to come with me to pick Caleb up from school. He always greets them with a hug and calls them brother, sister, or uncle. His teachers have learned that Caleb has a very large and diverse family.

After learning of the devastation caused by the earthquake in Haiti, Caleb was very sad and afraid. He did not want to take a bath alone, afraid that if we had an earthquake someone would die. I tried and tried to soothe his fears, but the more I tried the more upset he got. Finally, he broke down in tears. He kept saying that his brothers and sisters were dying in Haiti.

Even though Caleb is only eight years old, he understands the depth of being part of the family of God. Caleb felt the pain of his extended family in Haiti. He hurt for the hurting. As we journey through the season of Lent, may we hurt for those around us. May we continue to look toward the cross and pray for our brothers and sisters around the world.

Kim King Torres is a Church and Community Worker serving Branches Outreach Ministry in Florida City near the southern tip of Florida.

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Date posted: Mar 05, 2010