Have you seen my brother?
There are perks to being married to a Missions Pastor. One of them is the unique gifts that he brings home to me. On a recent trip to Guatemala, he brought me a gorgeous bracelet. I love the combination of colors that it has in it.
Every time I wear it I think of the beautiful people of Guatemala and pray for them to know Jesus in a deeper way.
Recently I wore the bracelet to school, I was happy each time I looked down at my wrist. It’s funny how these little reminders can trigger joy filled memories, prompt us to pray and begin conversations. As I was meeting with some students I asked one of the first grade students who is from Guatemala if he knew where the bracelet was from. He smiled and proudly questioned me, “Do you know that I am from there?”
Many of my students are from other countries, so I try to connect with them on a personal way, whether that be through a book, a video or even by talking about a bracelet. We had a great conversation about buying the bracelet from street vendors and the many items that are for sale in the markets.
What he asked me next surprised me and made me giggle! With expectant wide brown eyes he looked at me and asked, “Mrs. Cobb did you see my brother in the market? He has skin like me!”
I leaned over and hugged him and reassured him that I didn’t meet his brother, but that I had met many people just like him. I love my Job!
This encounter with my first grade friend reminded me that we all want to be known. We want to have things in common and feel part of a community. I am grateful for the body of Christ that meets these needs both locally and worldwide.
so that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it.
I Corinthians 12:25-27