By Raylyn Wagner
My baby brother is my best friend. He can't talk really well, but I know what he wants. He can't pour his own drink, but I can pour it for him. Sometimes he gets into my craft stuff and grabs my scissors. I tell my mommy so he won't get hurt. Because I am older, I can help take good care of him.
“And the King shall answer and say unto them, ‘Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me’” (Matthew 25:40 KJV). All babies, like my brother, are the “least of these.” Children without a mommy or daddy, really old people, homeless people, and poor people are also the “least of these.” The “least of these” are people who can't talk for themselves or can't take care of themselves.
Because the “least of these” can't take really good care of themselves, we who can should stand up for them and help them out. If I see someone teasing or making fun of someone, I should tell him to “Stop!” and then make sure the person being bullied is okay. If someone ever tries to hit or punch my baby brother, I should stand up for him by telling the person to “Stop!” and going and getting my mommy or daddy. Lots of people can be mean to other people who can't stand up for themselves. It makes me sad that some people can be so mean to others just because they are different or younger or poor or can't talk to tell on them. God created the “least of these” just like He created me, so we should stand up for them if we can.
I'm only a kid. I can't do a lot of things like my parents can. But I can do some things to help the “least of these.” I can always be kind and loving to others. I can read the Bible to people who can't read. I can be a friend. I can share my food and my clothes and my toys with others who don't have any. I can help really old people do chores around their houses, like sweep their floors or rake their yards. I can write letters or send cards to people with no friends or family. And I can always pray for them.
Raylyn Wagner won an honorable mention in Category 1 of CLSP and IEW’s Pro-Life Essay Contest.
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