As I got to work that day, a dear friend asked me how my daughter, Molly Reagan, was doing in school. I knew that God had prepared that moment just for me. I relayed the situation to her and how I felt, how my daughter felt, and how I didn't know yet how to respond. This woman, a believer and a mother of three grown children, offered me some wise counsel.
- First, DO nothing. The ring was gone . . . it would not be showing up the next day. So, I didn't not call the teacher, call the parent, or anything like that. I waited for Molly Reagan to respond. Her heart was revealed after days of her asking the teacher for for help and asking the friend who had taken (and then lost) the ring to give it back. At wits end, she decided she would NEVER let the girl borrow anything again because, "She is a stealer."
- Second, talk to her about forgiveness and about Jesus. So I did. After her "stealer" comment, we talked about Jesus' example of forgiveness. Our injustices cannot compare to Jesus' death on the cross for our sin. And how did Jesus respond to the people who crucified him? In Luke 23:34 he says, "Father, forgive them, they don't know what they are doing." He prayed for them, he loved them, and he forgave them.
- And finally, pray with her. There is only one who can heal Molly Reagan's heart and help her forgive. And while I want to fix this problem for her, I cannot, for I do not have what it takes. And so, I directed her to the one who can.
-- Laura Moore, Children's Hospitality Coordinator