Not letting go….

Sundays ministry in the interior was great. There was one little Indian girl, about 6 years old, named Krishna, who is absolutely beautiful. She was at the house of one of the families we visited to pray for a sick person. She came over and jumped upon my lap, threw her arms around my neck, buried her head in my chest and would not let go. It was really hard, as I could see that this little girl was so wanting love. She sat there for at least 20 minutes just clinging to me. She did not want to let go and it was not easy to put her down. It is children like this that I want to take back with me. I really can’t understand it ~ why would a mother leave a child?? Even though the child is with the grandmother, I still don’t know how and why? I was wondering if it was a “cultural” thing with the grandmother raising the firstborn or something like that? None the less, it saddened my heart as she asked to come with me…. Hard to hold back the tears on this one. I’ll be going back there a few more times before I depart. Many prayers for this one…..