A True Christmas Blessing
Posted 25 December 2005 - 12:43 PM
When we were leaving, I was touched in a way that words can hardly describe. The girl was probably 15 and she came up to me and asked me if she could hug me...I said SURE! As we embraced, she begin to cry. I was doing all I could to hold back my own emotion and I could feel her holding me tighter and sobbing even more. Finally, she said, you have no idea how much this meant to me...I said yes, I think I do and it has meant a lot to me too. She again said, no, you really do not know what this means to me. I again said, well I think I do...she said "no, you see I have have had more love given to me in the last two hours with you all than I have had in a lifetime". It was at that moment that I could no longer hold back my own emotion...that girls face and those words will stay with me a lifetime.
I got to be honest, I probably have not been the most compassionate person when it comes to kids making poor choices. However, the last few years have changed a lot of those hard hearted feelings. A few months ago, I was talking to one of the senior staff members there and they said "some of these kids get more love, respect, care and concern here than they do anywhere else in their lives". That really made me think and then the events of yesterday was just one POWERFUL way that God used to reveal to me that we are to reach out to everyone and share the love of Christ! What a blessing yesterday was for all of us...it will always be with me!
Posted 25 December 2005 - 12:49 PM
I pray that I will be more concerned for others than myself in this new year.
God Bless, Shawna
Sooner born and Sooner bred and when I die, I'll be Sooner dead
The artist formerly known as ~Shawna~