Wednesday, November 16, 2011
While an orphan is by definition one abandoned or lost, deprived of protection, here are children who are found, loved, and renewed. Found. Loved. Renewed.
If these children can be found, loved, and restored before any chance at saving themselves, then what on earth is my excuse in times of trouble? I don't have one and I can't. We all have the opportunity to be restored. No matter what our circumstances. We are strong and have remarkable gifts to offer. Time to regroup. Time to choose happiness. Time to empathize with others and be grateful.
Challenges, the loss of a loved one, the loss of a job, illness, addiction... those things can be overwhelming, it is so true. But we can't forget to see how blessed we are to have family and friends who will never fail to love us, and help us be re-strengthened. Don't be afraid to reach out for help, nor afraid to give back. Life is just too short not to. We can't take a single person or a single moment for granted.
These children have struggles. Out of a soiled paper bag, a tattered, insect-ridden cloth, but they have endless smiles, WIDE EYED eager loving views of the world. Someone cared enough to bring them in. They are brothers and sisters through renewal and faith. So are you and I.
You would not believe how they look after one another.
A view of the slums from Imani's rooftop.
Consolata is a beautiful young Kenyan girl who works at Imani. She comes in almost every day to wipe the children's bottoms, change their clothes, feed them, hold them... most importantly, "just to show them love," she says. And she loves them. "Wipe them this way," she guides me. "Let's change his clothes." "Let's hold this one." "Let's let this one cry it out, but know that we're still here." Again, she says... "Let's let this one cry it out, but know that we're still here." Going through a difficult time? Cry it out if you need to. But know that God's still here. I am not alone. You are not alone. We are not alone.
Remember these children and understand that.
Beyond grateful to see these children so well taken care of at Imani. They are handled with great care. Want to contribute to them or just learn more, contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website: http://www.imanikids.org/
Most importantly, take care of one another. Take care of yourself. Forgive yourself for mistakes. Forgive others for their mistakes. Give someone a chance. Be renewed in the love of those around you and the love of God. Keeping faith in times of struggle is tough, but I am telling you, do NOT give up. It's hard for a reason. Remember these children. And when you can't find the strength to do any of that, just breathe...
God is good. Life is good. And even when it's not.... it will be.... trust.
Posted by Britni Tozzi at 11:25 AM