and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness,
and your night will become like the noonday.
i love this verse.
i love that this is the Noonday verse.
i love that this verse has seeped into my heart
i love that this verse has connected to my soul
& challenged me to do something with my life that has eternal value.
i’d love to tell you that i volunteer at soup kitchens every thursday
that i’ve traveled to africa & help bandage the wounds of orphans.
i’d love to tell that you that i give 50% of my income away to people living in poverty
or that i’m even kind to my neighbor ( in my culdesac) who’s lack of care for his property drives me nuts.
or do i?
do i dare live in the margin, the adventure of all this
or do i just want to say i’ve done this?
but i’m changing.
my world view is changing.
there’s a desire in my heart, that grows daily, to go to africa.
i want to see these beautiful people
i want to see the other side of the world He created.
i want to hold an orphan and tell him about Jesus
i want to photograph a widow who now has hope because of a micro-finance loan that’s helped her start her own business.
i want to see the land & smell the smells.
i want my world vision to grow.
i want to see my God in the eyes of another,
my God who loves those without a voice, who sees each of the nameless faceless many that here in america
we seem to forget exist. or better yet, try to act like we don’t know exist.
can i really do anything? can i make a change?
i’m reading Mirror Ball by Matt Redman. matt shares how mother teresa responds to a cynical journalist who questioned whether she was really doing much good to the mass amounts of those dying in the slums of calcutta, being convinced that our individual lives & efforts do indeed play a part in the large picture of an overwhelming global crisis.
“we ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean.
but if that drop was not in the ocean , i think the ocean would be less
because of that missing drop”
speaking of uganda, here are some of our artisans making paper bead jewelry. ( images used by permission)
look at them! look how beautiful they are!!
jessica, Noonday founder, with the beautiful daughter of one of our artisans
i won’t be a famous activist or find the cure for AIDS
i won’t give away 50% of my income
& i might not even really “like” my neighbor
but i am changing
my heart is changing
i won’t say “i didn’t know there were over 153 million orphans” ever again.
& maybe, just maybe
i’ll get to africa, and love on some orphans
& sing to them & tell them they have a God who loves them
& He knows their name…..
& maybe i’ll bandage a wound
while i’m there.
& i too , will add another drop in the ocean ….
( former nurse turns photographer & grows a love for the world along her journey…)
(you may click on the top image & it will take you directly to where my bracelet was made.)