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Giving It All for Hope

January 9, 2014

As I sit typing this post, tears are streaming down my face. I’m unashamed. You see, when the soul is moved to such a level, action must follow. Direct, immediate action.

I just finished watching this video:

I cry not just for the beautiful, innocent faces of these forgotten children. I cry for the plight of their parents and the pressures, fears and desperation that must have lead to this decision. I do not judge, not one ounce. And I do not ignore the issue because it happens to be thousands of miles around the globe.

I am thankful for this amazing man, Pastor Lee, and the simplest mission: hope.

Hope that other little angels are not left for dead on a cold street, overlooked by so many where abandonment has become so commonplace. Hope that ALL human life is considered precious, worthy and welcome. Hope that other kind souls will step up to voice, to share and to support orphans everywhere.

So many people feel lost, like orphans from God. He has not forgotten us, He simply gave us free will . . . and we use it for both good and evil. Our heavenly Father is always there, with infinite love, with the offer of grace and with the spirit of hope. We are, as the site alludes, kindred to one another in every way. We simply choose to forget that truth.

Yesterday, as I meditated, the word “kindred” came to mind. I didn’t know then why it was calling to me. I most definitely do now. Here is a bold, moving and raw reminder of what being kindred truly means.

Another reason it hits home with such emotional force is that my dear, loving mom was adopted. She has spent her entire life building a path for her children to follow, a home to keep us safe and a set of values that says NO ONE will ever be overlooked.

For my mom, for every orphan, for our very well-being as a human race, I shout, “Help others with hope!” How? I don’t have much to offer but I will give all I have, every penny I receive from every book sold this year (paperback and Kindle) will go to this mission.


If you choose not to buy, then donate. At least share and, no matter what, pray for these and orphans everywhere. For hope should be the legacy we give every child.

Dear December

December 1, 2013

Sunrise Snow

As you make your way onto the scene, I have a few small requests.

Please let hope shine in every light, twinkle from every tree and sparkle in the eyes of every child. Let it be a light of heavenly glory and deepest gratitude. Let it be the hope that glows from each heart and inspires playful celebration.

Please watch over the grieving, the lonely and the hurting. Let the depressed discover God’s grace and feel the support of the universe. Let it be a hope that heals, a hope that comforts and a hope that transforms pain into strength.

Please safeguard the unwell, the addicted and the homeless. Let the vices and crutches fall away against the resilience of hope. Let each precious soul be protected and cherished as the invaluable being that it is. Let their families be held in hopeful prayer.

Please deliver hope to the hungry, the orphaned and the jobless. Let them be able to hope for more than survival and the essential love that we all crave. Let them find nourishment, safe shelter and the light of a hopeful hearth to warm them into the new year.

December, the icy chill of winter need not fill our hearts. Snowflakes, like people, are unique and sometimes fall . . . may we all focus on the blessings around us, the beautiful journey and the hopeful knowledge that we are united in a global community of infinite love.

As we close 2013, gently remind us that giving without expectation is the greatest exercise of hope and that loving without exception is the greatest testimony to joy.

God bless one and all,