I was goosed (Ahem – Inspired) by the Holy Spirit the other day when in conversation with our Head Banana. Faith and service does not always have to be so serious.’King David Danced and cavorted in Joy before the Ark as it was wheeled into the City of Jerusalem. Some thought it unseemly for a man in his position to be worshiping God in such a manner. I Beg to differ. Jesus told us that ‘It is only as one of these that you will enter the kingdom of God…’ (Paraphrase)
We Serve Children. But it is only when we think as children and begin to remember what it felt like to BE a child in distress, that we can understand what it means to them when an adult shows open love and uncomplicated concern and expresses same by the bestowing the gift of a brand new toy.
Recently I suffered another of my periodic bouts of depression (Yes, I am mentally disabled at the moment – this is why I have so much free time to give to the Ministry) and the first thing i needed to begin my long road to recovery?
My Mothers arms.
Here he is
Yes, a soft toy.
He has been with me since we lost his predecessor to the river in 1968. Yes He is 44 years old!!! a bit battered, and dirty as he has followed me around the world a few times.
What does it say that a grown man nearing his 50’s has a cuddly panda bear by his bedside?
It says that our need for something to hang onto in our time of trial is built into us by our Maker. God gives us a family to show us what unconditional love is, we then share that love with our brothers and neighbors. Only then when we have lived and received love can we KNOW what it is. Only then can we recognize the unconditional Love he pours out on us like a roaring waterfall.
The biggest part of gaining faith is choosing not to be independent but to stand under the full force of the waterfall. Instead of being washed away, the power infuses and strengthens us.
We exist, primarily, as a Ministry, to give back to a child the things they have lost, the very things that are most often overlooked, but are vital to their growth and sense of security. Their toys.
From Mikaela’s recent trip to Manford in Creek Co. OK, comes the most hopeful of photographs. See the child in the foreground with the new toy? The older child got a set of new books and was itching to get away and start reading them.
My Dearest Heavenly Father.
Please help up to understand Your ways. You built us to a plan, to live in the Joy of Your presence in our Spirits.
Help us to put aside our adult attitudes and ‘be like the little children’
Help us to remember what it was like to be a child in need.
Lord help us to let loose a little change each week to Change the lives of the victims of Tornado and Wildfire
Lord help us to remember that the aftermath of a disaster lasts for Years,
Homes and towns are not rebuilt overnight,
Shattered lives and Lost possessions can never be replaced.
Dear Lord, Give us the humility to serve You and these little ones and the sense of joy to dance before you.