This time, I did it. Got a letter from him with a handmader paper Christmas ornament enclosed. His letter was very sweet as well, but this portion woke me up:
I want you to write me and send some pictures to know how you are and to meet you. Sometimes I feel sad because many of my friends from Compassion receive letters and pictures from their sponsors but not me. I hope in God you receive this letter and you write me back.Nothing like breaking a kid's heart to drive a point home.
The letter is written and sealed, complete with pictures of me and my nephew (he-who-cannot-be-resisted). In addition to telling him about me and asking questions about his life, I apologized and asked him to forgive me. It's only right.
And the to-do list item, most recently from August, has at long last been crossed off. Thank you, Lord, for melting my selfish heart for a moment.