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Do You Believe That Change Is Possible?

What do some people do it?

They’ll never grow rich.

Never be famous.

No applause.

No promotions.

Hmm, let me tell you why.

A very long time ago there was an elderly man who came to my church.

I was little and shy. Maybe six years old.

And the world seemed so big and scary.

Sunday after Sunday when he’d see me at church

he’d put his wrinkled hand in his pocket and pull out a yellow chiclets box.

I’d put out my cup shaped hand and he’d carefully pour in a few tiny white pieces of gum

and smile at me.

And for that moment

I was visible. A real person. And gradually this shy, little girl began to smile and feel like she belonged.

Today more than fifty years later I remember and am grateful for his beautiful act of care.

Again and again I have received a special kindness

and usually all my words don’t seem enough to communicate my heart’s gratitude.

But people are all that matters. And love. Yes, love is forever.

It takes so little to bring cheer to another

and life can be so very hard. The journey so difficult at times.

But all it takes to really be fulfilled

is just a thought

and maybe a little time and a very little money

and suddenly someone’s day is different. Their life a little brighter.

A loaf of bread here.

Some flowers there.

A check to support three darling children in Brazil, Columbia and Peru.

A cup of coffee.

Simple things.

Won’t you join me?

Let’s grab  hands together

to love this world in His Name.

People all around us.

Sadness behind their eyes.

Weariness and often discouragement.

Come.

Let’s reach out today and touch another’s life.

Threads of gold among the ordinary acts of life.

Pearls that glisten with lasting beauty.

Ignore the voices telling you it’s a waste

for nothing you do in His Name is ever wasted.

Follow the Singer and join in line….

move into your world one neighbor at a time

write it. sing it. tell  it.

and gradually you, too, will see.

He makes everything beautiful in His time.

 

 

 

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Doing The Best We Can

It was quite a spontaneous thing to do –

although aren’t  those sometimes the most memorable?

It was a few days before Christmas and I was looking for Christmas.

Decorations were all around

carols were playing

gifts under the beautifully decorated Christmas tree

But something was missing.

Something that I have longed to experience

since that time many years ago when I slipped the Christmas wrapped shoebox

up the rickety stairs and placed it

at the front door

of the poorest of families.

Big, brown eyes had met mine and danced during the summer Head Start program

and I oftentimes prayed for that sweet little boy.

After I left that mysterious box I had many moments of pleasure

imagining the joy this family had upon finding it.

So once more I looked and prayed for opportunities to give.

To give and to do

just because

Love is

and love came down at Christmas time.

So on this particular afternoon a few weeks ago

my daughters and I walked into a nearby nursing home

and sang carols with the residents.

My eyes scanned the wrinkled faces as I played the piano

and my heart rejoiced

for once more showing me Christmas.

He comes unexpectedly

and whispers peace.

He shows His Presence in quiet off the busy highway places.

He reaches out to those hungry, thirsty with nothing to give back

and He pours out His amazing love.

Those moments of song continue to brighten my days

and give warmth though now we are deep into January.

But the truth whispers still –

Don’t worry about what you can’t do.

“We can only do the best we can with what we have. That, after all, is the measure of success: what we do with what we have.”
― Marguerite de AngeliThe Door in the Wall

Not just at Christmas

but every day.

What do you have?

What can you do?

No matter how small it might seem –

Yes, even a smile,

give it, share it, pour it out generously,

and great will be your reward.

 

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Shining Moments

Valentines Day winds a golden thread of memories

going all the way back to third grade.

and on up to the present.

Remembering that one special Valentine

that I treasured for years

from that nice boy who sat in front of me.

Years going by and collecting many more.

Sweet expressions of friendship.

Handmade ones from my first graders that I’ve kept through the years.

And then carefully cut and pasted Valentines from my daughters

All of them beautiful

and oh so sweet.

It’s the expressions of love that took the most effort

that shine ever so brightly in my heart.

We spoke about it today.

When have you seen love?

The elderly husband that visits his wife day after day in the nursing home

but she hasn’t recognized him for years.

The husband who always gave a dozen red roses

and made arrangements for the local florist for after his death

to continue to send his wife

one dozen red roses

for the rest of her life.

Beautiful touches of love the go deep.

The daughter that gave up her part time job

in order to be there for her parents when her Dad died.

That brother that stepped in to help carry the burden for his brother.

And on and on…..

Those parents who give and give

day in and day out

for their special needs child.

The doctor that drove hours just to be there..

Although our world continues to grow more impersonal and disconnected

it continues to  shine with very personal touches of genuine love.

All gifts from the Father’s Hands.

My cup overflowed with joy

when I came home after work only to discover a very special

breakfast that my girls had made.

Blueberry muffins, scrambled eggs and bacon, and orange juice

all arranged on a lovely table.

Love

showing itself in action.

Love is more than a feeling.

It’s more than words.

Love is something we do.

An unexpected call here

a simple email there

all of it laced with love and care.

Let’s never grow weary from showing our love.

Oh, let’s fill every moment with actions of love

poured out on a thirsty world

always pointing the way to the Author of Love.