The Word Among Us

Advent 2015 Issue

Raising Compassionate Children

Even little hearts can bring a "sad man" joy.

By: Eileen Marx

Why is that man so sad?" my three-year-old niece, Patty, asked her mother. She had noticed a small, bearded man while walking to their neighborhood convenience store. "He is sad because he doesn't have a home to live in or food to eat," her mother, Alison, answered.

The reply seemed to satisfy Patty. Her mother was relieved that at least this time her inquisitive daughter didn't ask, "Why doesn't he have...

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