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Cultivating a Heart for the Unloved; Lessons from Nature

As Christian writers, we have the opportunity to use our words to inspire and uplift, to bring hope and healing to a broken world. Today, we draw inspiration from a beautiful poem by Nicolette Sowder that encourages us to raise children who love the unloved things – the dandelion, the worms, and spiderlings. In this blog post, we will explore the profound lessons we can learn from nature and how we can cultivate a heart for the unloved in our children.

I. Embracing the Beauty in Imperfection:

Nature teaches us that even the most unassuming things hold beauty within. The dandelion, often seen as a weed, blooms with vibrant yellow petals, reminding us that beauty can be found in unexpected places. Similarly, our children can learn to appreciate the uniqueness and worth of every individual, even those society deems unlovable.

II. Nurturing Compassion for the Vulnerable:

Just as children instinctively care for worms and spiderlings, we can guide them to extend their compassion towards the marginalized and vulnerable in our society. By teaching them to embrace the thorny aspects of life, they will develop empathy and a willingness to stand up for those who have no voice.

III. Embracing Adversity and Finding Strength:

Nature's cycles of rain and sunshine remind us that growth often comes through adversity. Like children who joyfully run into rainswept days, we can teach our children to face challenges with courage and resilience. By instilling in them the understanding that the rose needs the thorn to flourish, we equip them to navigate the complexities of life with grace.

IV. Advocating for the Voiceless:

As our children grow, they will encounter situations where they must speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves. Drawing upon the wilder bond they formed in their tender days of tending to unloved things, they will become the advocates and ambassadors of justice, compassion, and love.


Inspired by Nicolette Sowder's heartfelt poem, we are reminded of the profound impact we can have as Christian writers and parents in shaping the hearts and minds of our children. By raising them to love the unloved things, we empower them to embrace imperfection, nurture compassion, find strength in adversity, and advocate for those who have no voice. Let us take this inspiration and transform it into action, creating a generation of children who will make a difference in the world.

Note: This blog post was inspired by Nicolette Sowder's poem and her beautiful words. We extend our gratitude to her for her profound insights and encourage readers to explore her work further.

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