“Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid . . . for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee” (Deut. 31:6).
“Remember Mason Sullivan, in my class?” Cory asked as he sat down at the supper table. “His father was hurt in the train wreck. Mason and his mom have to go to a faraway hospital every morning to see his dad. Today the kids at school were saying bad things about him.”
Cory’s dad didn’t understand. “If Mason wasn’t there, what were the kids saying?”
“Oh, stuff like it’s good that something bad happened to his family because Mason’s so mean.” Cory poured himself some milk. “Mason is mean, Dad. He’s always in trouble for saying bad things, hitting other kids, or just doing things he’s not supposed to do.”
“The Sullivan family is sad right now,” dad said. “Maybe Mason does get in trouble a lot. Still, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t care about the family and pray for them.”
“Let’s pray for them right now,” he suggested.
After his dad finished praying, Cory kept thinking about Mason.
“Cory, are you okay?” dad asked after a while. “You haven’t touched your supper.”
“I was thinking how sad I would be if you were in a train accident,” he said. “I wish I could help Mason. But I’m afraid.”
“Let’s figure it out. What could you do to help him?” his dad asked.
“I could take his schoolwork to him. I could tell him that I’m sorry about his father and that I’m praying for him.”
“Those are all good ideas,” said Cory’s mom. “Why don’t you ask your teacher for Mason’s work tomorrow?” his dad said. “I’ll take you over to his house after school.”
The next morning, before Cory left for school, he said, “I want to ask our teacher about Mason’s schoolwork. But I’m still afraid.”
Cory’s mother put her arm around him. “In Sunday School you’ve been learning about the great things the Lord has done. Don’t you think He can give you the courage to talk to Mason?”
Cory nodded. He knew she was right.
Cory got Mason’s books and papers from his teacher. After school he and his dad went to Carson Street. The closer they got, the more afraid Cory felt. His knees were shaky and his tummy felt jumpy. Quietly he said, “Dear God, I know You have all the power in the whole world. Give me courage to visit Mason.” He felt better after praying. But walking up the front steps of Mason’s house was still hard.
Cory pressed the doorbell and waited. Mason opened the door.
“What do you want?” he demanded.
“I brought your schoolwork. I’m sorry about your dad,” Cory said quickly, before he lost courage. “I’m praying for your family.”
Mason grabbed the books and papers and slammed the door.
But Cory felt better. He knew he had done just what God wanted him to do. He had shown Mason that he cared about him and that God cared too.
God gives us courage to do the right thing when we ask Him for help.
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