Madelyn made a comment that stopped me in my tracks. We were getting some items for Tricia and Tim’s birthday party this weekend– simple things. She asked me if everyone in the world has birthday parties like we do.
What do you say?
Yet, she has such a sense of others.
“No sweetheart. Some have more, some have less, and some have none.”
There was silence for a moment.
” . . . None? . . . Why?”
“There’s a lot of reasons.”
“Well, some people are too busy, some people don’t have someone to celebrate with them, and some are too poor.”
“What does poor mean?”
“When someone doesn’t have enough.”
“Can we help someone have enough?”
“We can help.”
That’s all Madelyn needed to know. She’s a practical five-year-old.
So, in the middle of Fred Meyers in South Salem, we decided to help someone have enough as we celebrate birthdays. Great things often happen in the ordinary moments of life.
We will make it part of the celebration, grateful we can help.
There’s too much suffering in this world to ignore it.
There’s too much of a divide between the “haves” and the “have-nots.”
There’s always something that can be done to help someone have enough.
So, on the next birthday you celebrate . . . consider giving $10 or more to a reputable organization to help someone have enough.
We will this weekend.
And, if you feel inclined to start a new tradition this weekend with us, I suggest an organization that has blessed our family through helping us adopt Tim, Madelyn, and Sydney.
Holt International found at http://holtinternational.org/.
Let me add, giving is not healthy if, something is given out of guilt. The best gift to receive is given by someone who is grateful. It’s a blessing from one to the other.
My quick definition of blessing is: knowing the activity of God.
Give to bless, help someone have enough.
You are invited to my last Sunday at South Salem Nazarene:
Sunday, August 31 at 10:45 AM
South Salem Nazarene Church 1661 Boone Rd SE Salem, OR 97306
(Go south on Commercial and turn left before it intersects on Kuebler at Arby’s on Boone Road. From I5 south, take the Kuebler exit, turn right and turn right on Stroh (third right after exit), left on Boone Rd.)
(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2014 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)