1838) A Child’s Plea

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     A Canadian girl’s simple, poignant plea to her fighting parents is resonating with millions of people online.  Six-year-old Tiana lives in Surrey, British Columbia.  Last week, the first-grader overheard a disagreement between her parents, and pulled her mom aside for a chat.

     “I want you and my dad to be settled and be friends.  I’m not trying to be mean.  I just want everyone to be friends.  And if I can be nice, I think all of us can be nice, too,” Tiana says calmly in a video that her mom, Cherish Sherry, later posted to Facebook (see below).

     “I’m trying to do my best in my heart.  I want you, Mom, my dad, everyone to be friends.  I want everyone to be smiling.  Keep it down low.  Not like being mad,” the little girl continues, with her hands on her heart.  “I think you can do it.”

     Sitting on the stairs, she continues, “If we live in a world where everyone’s being mean, everyone’s going to be a monster.”

     Over 10 million people have watched Tiana’s plea, with thousands commenting on how the soft-spoken girl speaks volumes on what it means to be compassionate.  There are a million cute videos out there, but this is one we can all learn from.


Proverbs 15:1  —  A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Ephesians 4:2  —  Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

Psalm 133:1  —  How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.

Isaiah 11:6  —  The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them.


Almighty and most merciful God, who hast given us a new commandment that we should love one another, give us also grace that we may fulfill it.  Make us gentle, courteous, and patient.  Direct our lives so that we may each look to the good of others in word and deed; for the sake of him who loved us and gave himself for us, Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen. 

–B. F. Westcott, Bishop and Bible scholar, (1825-1901)