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Together We Can Change Our World

People matter.

Yes, in a world where many feel worthless and not good enough I long to live out loud the truth that people matter.

It was an ordinary day a few weeks ago.

While standing at the checkout counter, the gal in front of me began to talk.

“What are you two?” she asked pointing to my daughter and me.

“You always seem to enjoy yourselves.”

“She’s my daughter,” I explained “And yes we do enjoy each other.”

She shook her head and sighed.

“Not my mother and I.” Her voice dropped low so that I could hardly hear her.

Words of conflict and pain. Deep hurt and shame.

My heart leaped out to her

And in that moment I wanted to reach across and give her an ocean-size hug.

Instead I lingered expressing care.

At that moment is was as if she was the most important person in the world.

I would have done anything to have lifted her heavy burden

and given her the support that she needed.

Life can be so hard.

For days after I have remembered her.

Prayed for her.

Asking the Lord to send an awareness of His Comfort and Grace.

Praying that there would be healing in their relationship.

Thanking the Lord that He had me there at just that moment to care

And to feel her pain.

Life is so short.

All around are folks who desperately need a word of hope

And who, most of all, need to be introduced to the Lord.

The One Who will comfort and give guidance no matter how impossible

their situation seems.

Wherever you are today

please know that you matter.

The One Who knows the very number of the hairs on your head,

the One Who left heavens Glory to die for you

to give you eternal Life

is calling you to come to Him.

And around you and I are scores of others who need a word of encouragement

and hope

Take time –

Make time to meet their eyes and to listen and to care.

You have no idea the difference that will make.


I’m asking the Lord to intersect my life with the lonely, the hurting, the lost.

So I can point them to the Lord of love.

Together we can change our world.




Shining Moments

As I sat down on the seat at the service station my mind was miles away.

Thinking about all the things I needed to do

    people to see

    places to go

 The last place I wanted to be was there.

Waiting for my car to be inspected.

I reached for the newspaper nearby trying to find something uplifting

   but page after page was filled with the negative.

I turned to put it down

   and looked up as a very tall man opened the door.

His sheer height caught my attention and I watched as he strode up to the counter

   and explained what he needed.

I pulled out my book, opened it and began to read

   when suddenly I heard this loud voice calling my name.

“Miss Brani!”

He stepped closer to where I sat.

“You remember me?” Eyes twinkling. Big smile.

I looked up. And then like it was yesterday I saw the face of a six year old boy

   and I knew him.

“Bo!” (not his real name)

I jumped to my feet.

There I stood looking way up at him

   all five foot one and a half inches of me

   and he towering over me looked way down.

“You look just the same,” he grinned looking as if he’d won the jackpot.

All of a sudden my heart raced back to many years earlier when he had been in my class. Yes, I knew right where he sat in the classroom. I pictured his innocent face.

How very hard he worked as a first grader. Those giggles and grins. What a boy!

It’s amazing what the heart remembers.

There he stood before me

     all grown up.

But he was still MY boy in some strange sense.

My heart swelled in pride as I gazed at him

   the past intersecting with the present.

Yesterdays sunshine creating brilliance in the moment.

He stepped towards me

      this great big giant of a man

     and gave me an octopus hug.

“Thank you, Miss Brani.

    Thank you.”

My heart was too full to say much.

And then he was gone.

The whole experience must have taken only a few minutes

  but it left a lasting impact that warmed my heart.

Immediately my spirits lifted and an ordinary day became extraordinary.

Don’t you love to meet someone you haven’t seen for ages

   and immediately the heart is there? You sense the importance of their lives

  and your time together.

Once more you glimpse the sacred in the midst of the mundane.

The gold that is lasting. Many things don’t really matter but

Love is eternal.

Your heart tells you it is so and so does His Word.

Let’s never forget that

   and always know

   please know this…

   you are important to someone today.