As I look out on a sea of unwashed faces and uncombed hair, my heart breaks. How many homes are represented here? How many are homes where the children are not receiving enough love?
Then, I remember my Lord asking Peter, "Do you love me?"
To Peter's "Yes Lord," he responded, "Feed my lambs."
I realize that he meant more than physical food.
These children come to the Costanera church to get food and receive love along with it. I am amazed because I can see it changing their lives. However, I worry that it is not enough to break the cycle of selfishness, neglect, and poverty that generations of their families have endured.
Then, a little hand slips into mine and gives it a tug. As I look down into the beautiful unwashed face she tells me, "Your face keeps changing."
I kneel down so that we are eye level and ask, "How so?"
She tells me, "It is happy then sad, happy then sad."
I smile and tell her that I will work on keeping it happy. With a smile, she returns to her food.