Monday, February 4, 2008

An Ember Rekindled

Every now and then it’s good to be reminded of the needs of people in distress. We all know, intellectually, that we are blessed beyond reason, here in this country; and that, even when we are struggling, our life is so much better than the best of times in other parts of the world.

But intellectual awareness is something we can give a nod to, and walk away from with little or no effect upon us.

Yesterday we listened to Jim Miller, from Lifeline of Hope, speak about the orphans being cared for through that good work. We were touched and moved by what we heard from Jim and saw on the slide show -- touched by the plight of the children, and moved by what a difference is being made in their lives through seemingly insignificant amounts of money and by hugely significant compassion on the part of individuals.

I don’t mean to sound like Sally Field on a TV ad. I just want to share with you what I received yesterday – the rekindling of an ember that has been glowing somewhat dimly in my life, into a little flame of good works fueled by love.

"Pure and lasting religion in the sight of God our Father means that we must care for orphans and widows and refuse to let the world corrupt us." James 1:27

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