I am reading Fierce Convictions, about the life of Hannah More. Hannah More was passionate about education for women and the poor, reform of morals and manners in high society and low, and especially the abolition of Great Britain's slave trade. She actually lived her life doing something about these things.
I read this quote in my devotion this morning by Emily P. Freeman,“Tears are tiny messengers sent from the deepest part of who we are. They whisper – here is where your heart beats strong. This is a hint as to what makes you come alive.”
For me tears flow when I read of orphans or when I think of children in homes where there is no love. Whenever i have held one of our newborn children, the tears come flowing out as I think of the little babies that are hardly ever held. I cry at night when Emmy, at three years old, comes into our bed and reaches down to put her hand on my belly - her comfort now that breastfeeding is over.
What brings tears to your eyes?
Do you feel moved to do something about it?
We sponsor two children - one in Mexico and one in Malawi, and we work hard on being intentional with our family each day - working on being loving, blessing, and encouraging to one another and others. Of course we constantly fail but we have the hope of Jesus.
But really, I know there is so much more we could do and I am praying that my eyes will be opened to something, some path, some way - that may in even a small way bring warmth and love into the life of one baby or child that otherwise may not have had even this most basic human need.