As a pastor, I encounter families in many different ways. One particular family with several young children had set the “You are Special Plate” out for me on the occasions when I stayed for dinner. I found the love in that family to be a wonderful reflection of God’s love.

Tragedy struck that family when the father died suddenly. At the funeral, family members brought forward symbols of their father. Among them was the red plate carried by his daughter. I have never received at the altar a gift as precious as that red plate dripped with the tears of a child.

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