Monday, April 12, 2010

Closer than we think

The first time I saw him, I knew.

He stood tall at 5 feet.
Hands tucked gently in the pockets of his navy blue shorts.
His eyes full of hope.
His shoes two sizes too big for his tired feet.
His heart full of love that only God can provide.
And.....MY heart was changed forever.

We have never met.
I have not been allowed the privledge of hugging him.  Being invited into his home.  Meeting his family or watching him play soccer.

He is 14 years old & he lives in one of the poorest countries on the face of the earth.
He goes to school every day.  He helps his father with his brothers & sisters.  His chores consist of carrying water & gardening.

We do not speak the same language.
We do not feel the same hardships.
We do not understand each other’s worlds.
But none of that matters.

We were brought together in…
We were brought together because there is a greater love that knows no boundaries of country or rulers or principalities. 
We were brought together through Compassion International.

His country was devastated by one of the largest earthquakes in history.
Where a city used to be, lies rubble.  Death has plagued his world.  And an already impoverished country relies solely on the strength & giving of other nations.  He relies on the Only thing that is consistent & never failing.  He relies on God.

Compassion International sponsors over 1 MILLION children in 25 countries.  He is just one of them.  I can not help them all.  If I could, I would.  But it is up to us.  It is with these hands & feet that we serve a great God.  It is with our own blessings that we extend that love to others.  We are not here for this world.  We are here for something so much greater.  Something that we can not even begin to imagine.  For me, it started with a sweet little boy in Haiti. 

Chances are, I will not meet him in this life. 
But I will sit with him some day in a much more beautiful place than this world could ever offer.  I will be given the honor of finally meeting him soul to soul. 
And there will be no more death.  No more hunger.  No more suffering. 
There will only be beauty & love & peace.  Our worlds will finally come together.  There will be no boundary.  No more miles separating us.  No language barrier keeping us from understanding each other’s hearts.
And, It will be beautiful.

(Won’t you please consider sponsoring a child through Compassion International!  You WILL be changing a child’s life.  You will be giving them so much more than you can imagine.  And receiving a gift even greater!!)

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