I recently celebrated my birthday and it brought back memories of a conversation that I had with my mother years ago concerning my entrance into the world. She described my grandmother’s reaction when my mom informed her that my name would be Donna. My little Italian grandma loved the name because it had an Italian origin. She waved her arms and joyfully skirted around her kitchen.
Then my mother said that on the day I was born my grandfather stood outside the hospital nursery and danced. She said that one of the nurses actually asked my mom if she knew who the funny little man at the window was! That was my grandpa, loving his new baby granddaughter, and rejoicing over her entrance into the world. Wow, what a marvelous beginning I was given to build my life upon.
As I reflect on my gratitude for this warm welcome, my thoughts drift to the harsh and cold reception that many babies face when they enter the world. I think of those who are not received by love; those who are abandoned, thrown onto trash heaps, or born into domestic or other war-zones.
My heart would shatter if I could not raise my eyes to God and pray, confident that He holds their lives in His protective hands.
We do not have the ability to solve every injustice. But we were given an amazing privilege to pray, and prayers absolutely do affect change. Additionally, we can carry the hope of Christ to others by getting involved in a righteous cause, or act of kindness outside our world.
Has God called you to step out of your comfort zone to feed the hungry, serve the poor, comfort widows, spend time with orphans, or care for the sick or elderly? Has He put a burden on your heart to pray for someone?
While not everything in life has the gift of great beginnings, with our willingness and God’s help, the end of any matter can be better than it began!
Ecclesiastes 7:8a NIV The end of a matter is better than its beginning…
James 5:16b KJV …The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
Orig Posted by Donna M Dougherty at 2/14/2009 10:18 PM