Gracious Behavior

I wrote about David’s heartbreak because of losing a tooth and “losing” it a second time so he could not put it under his pillow and get a visit from the Tooth Fairy. His sister Lana is the expert in loosing teeth. Yesterday, while brushing her teeth, one more came out. She told me the story about each of eight or nine teeth she’s already lost, but it’s so long I can’t remember it.

What I’m not forgetting is her kind gestures. First she emptied her billfold (is it called different for what girls have?) and gave me her coins and a five dollar bill, because she was thankful I was taking care of her and her siblings while her parents were away (they went on a day-long trip to visit a specialist with Brianna). This morning she gave me the dollar the Tooth Fairy left under her pillow for the tooth she lost yesterday!

David put some coins by my computer, “because I want you to know how much I love you.” Acts of kindness like these are heartwarming. Not because of the money, but because of the love behind it!

A few days ago the girls acted out the story I published last week. First they made boats to go with it. The lesson the boy in the story learned is one important for young and old. Quico loved to carve out boats. One day he accused a boy, Samuel, of stealing one of his boats. The story spread and Samuel got a bad reputation. Come to find out, Quico was mistaken. The boat Samuel had was his own, and not Quicos’. When the mistake was cleared, and Samuel graciously hade forgiven Quico, Samuel’s bad image was still out there. Quico tried to clear Samuel’s bad reputation, but there were people that would never hear his explanation.

My suggestion would be not to accuse anybody. If we have something to say about another person we better have the facts clear. Whatever words come out of out mouth we can never take back!

Nothing compares to gracious behavior in word and deeds. I don’t know if you’ve been lied about, but it hurts! My daughter and her husband are working hard on teaching their children not to lie, so the story about Quico was a good one to act out. It’s a sad thing to lie about somebody else when they are totally innocent.

Here is a good word from the Word:

Colossians 3:9-14
“Do not lie to each other,
since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator… 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”


About kelund

My name is Kerstin Anderas-Lundquist. I was born in Sweden to Per & Brita Anderas, on March 6, 1946. In 1948 we left to begin a missionary life in Chile; in 1956 we moved on to Peru. On May 1, 1969 I married an all-Swedish guy from Karslkrona: Bengt Göran Emanuel Lundquist. God blessed us with two daughters: Eva-Marie Elizabeth and Ruth Carina. We served as missionaries in Peru and Bolivia. In 1988 we moved to the United States to work at Life Publishers in Miami, Florida. I was to assist in developing the line of Sunday School Curriculm in Spanish known as Vida Nueva. I live in Springfield, Missouri, and am retired from work at the Assemblies of God Headquarters. My husband and daughter Eva-Marie have been promoted to Heaven. Carina is married to Thom Cole and they have given me four gourgeous grandchildren, even five (teen-age John). I will be writing about my life, past and present, blended with visions for the future. My deepest desire is to spread the “seed of love”–inspiration to serve God and our neighbors with love and compassion.
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