Today is a very special day for us. Several years ago, on Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, we were visiting with our dear friends, The Beans. A beautiful friendship had developed between my daughter, Ellie, and the Bean’s daughter, Lauren. Ellie had recently asked Jesus to be her Lord and Savior, and was very disturbed to find out that Lauren had not yet taken that step. I assured her that she had nothing to worry about—Lauren knew of Jesus, and I was confident that she indeed would be a follower of Christ.
The two moms went off to shop while a sitter kept the children at our house to play. When we returned, our girls were giggling and laughing and looking at each other, as if they had a delightful secret between them. We quickly found the reason for their joy—Ellie had prayed with Lauren to receive Christ! Ellie explained to me that she continued to feel burdened for Lauren, and while we were gone, she began to tell Lauren all she knew to be true about Jesus, and about her eight-year-old experiences of following Him.
Two little girls, having a conversation that will make an eternal difference in the lives of so many—in both girls’ lives, as well as their families, their friends, and the generations to come through them.
Today is the day we remember that special event. The girls are grown now, but each Martin Luther King,Jr day, they get together to celebrate Lauren’s “birthday.” How appropriate that they celebrate on this day! Martin Luther King, Jr. set out to make a difference in the world. He called for freedom. He could never have imagined how his simple act of speaking truth would change our society for the better. Let’s also remember and celebrate the everlasting freedom that comes from following Christ.
I think you will be blessed to hear it in their own words: