05 October 2008

Wisdom From Whitney Houston

Today, as we walked through town, there was a funny moment that didn't sit well with me...and I have been thinking about it ever since.

We were on our way to the grocery store and passed a bunch of street kids...not out-of-the-ordinary...but, as we passed we heard Whitney Houston singing from across the street...loudly.

She sang:
"I believe the children are our future/
Teach them well and let them lead the way/
Show them all the beauty they possess inside/
Give them a sense of pride to make it easier/
Let the children's laughter remind us how we used to be."
What a strange juxtaposition: to see these hurting, failing, dying kids...and hearing a declaration of hope in the next generation...of our responsibility to help them grow in to greatness...
In my head, our responsibility to help them grow in to who God has made them to become.

I know I heard it...
I can't have been the only one on the street to make that connection.

I know I'm not the only one who cares for these kids--I'm not arrogant or deluded enough to think that--I just wish there were a few more...I also wish I knew what to do to change this situation. Or to even make a dent. To help make a dent. Anything...

But what?


Julie Hibbard said...

With tears in my eyes all I can say is, Dang, I am so proud of you. You are incredible and every little thing you do--to the least of my brothers--is making a difference for years and years to come.
Man, I am so proud of you.

Mama Oasis said...

what you are doing will make a dent.....

You are telling their stories. You are softening hearts. You are teaching others the enormous blessing that comes from giving to others. You have the same heart as Jesus....

I love you!

Ukrainecare said...

Love your blog and reading this today your big heart for these kids. You ARE making a difference and one day there will be a kid who you cross paths with and they will tell you how HUGE your presence and love was in their life. They will tell you they saw the love of Christ in you - through you - and never stop doing what your're doing. We are so privileged to serve in this way to these most remarkable children be it in Kenya, Ukraine or next door. Blessings - Carolyn
p.s. When are you coming to Ukraine with us?!