Kathy Troccoli "Go Light Your World"
I called to schedule our travel vaccines again. It's like an act of faith for me.
It's been over a year since we initially received them. We want to be ready for our miracle.
Some of our kids get excited about shots because vaccines always mean a gratefulness celebration with ice cream and Oreo's.
Amongst a treasury of childhood memories, I especially and deeply ache as I recall a special friend- a sweet boy who lived near our home and warmed my heart like sunshine. We were each around 11 years old. I loved being near him because he was always positive, cheerful and selfless. He melted my heart with his unquenchable smiled while his frail, crippled, little body suffered. He was beautiful. I'll never forget how his broken hearted mom agonized over her only living son because of all he SUFFERED from polio while knowing a vaccine had been available-
yet out of their reach.
It's not right.
If you are a Medical Research Scientist, Medical Dr, or Nurse, thank you for being a hero.
for sacrificing years- even decades of your life learning to save lives.
It's a gift to live in our wealthy culture with healthcare that most in our world
can't even dream of.
Because of those I've seen and known outside our culture of abundance, I ache knowing that as we take our children to the shot clinic, other children outside of our socioeconomic doors will die unnecessarily from the same diseases my children have received vaccines for...
It's not right.
Before I even finish typing this sentence, others will unnecessarily enter devastating bereavement simply because there was not access to uncontaminated water.....or a medical clinic,....or a hospital... a medical doctor...antibiotics....a mosquito net....shelter or
Precious children, siblings, parents....are dying, grieving, suffering....unnecessarily
while just out of our sight
It feels too big.
But helping even ONE is everything to that ONE.
Discouragement can rob us the gift of delivering an answered prayer.
What if my friend had been given just ONE polio vaccine? Just ONE?
He could have lived longer.
Compassion International has a good reputation. This link describes needs they are addressing:
Compassion International link
Compassion International and World Vision both have incredible child sponsorship programs!
Praying today for the people who are giving and bringing and going and serving those in need- one precious life at a time. Praying for more ways to connect our abundance to those in need.
Is there a One we can bring hope to today?
Something here is wrong
there are children without homes
but we just move along
to take care of our own
There's so much suffering
Just outside our door
A cry so deafening
Oh, we just can't ignore
To all the people who are fighting for the broken
All the people who keep holding onto love
All the people who are reaching for the lonely
Keep changing the world
Take a look around
Before the sun goes out
What's lost can still be found
It's not too late now
It only takes a spark
To make the fire burn
So reach inside your heart
And let this be the start
Link to official YouTube video