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Jesus' Giant Basket


A parent I know has a foster child.  Foster children often come with a lot of emotional baggage from their past.  In this child's case it came in the form of anxiety, especially at night.  The poor girl could not get to sleep.  She would toss and turn and eventually just sit up and stare into the darkness.  Her foster mother would sit with her and try to comfort her.  She tried reading, singing, talking it out, music, and just sitting, but nothing seemed to work. 

One night she had an idea.  She told her foster daughter to close her eyes and imagine Jesus with a great big smile.  In her mind she asked her to imagine that Jesus had a giant basket in his hands, one so big that it looked like it could carry the whole world in it.  She told her to imagine Jesus asking: "Is there anything I can carry for you while you sleep?  I promise to take good care of it."

That night her foster daughter listed off worry after worry, some she explained, and others she kept to herself.  When she was done filling Jesus' basket with everything she could think of, she fell asleep. 

What an amazing way to bring Jesus into a difficult situation.  I love the way that it taught her foster child to trust Jesus with the difficult things, even the things she couldn't say to her caretakers. 

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