These sweet faces are the children of let them LOL’s Hope’s Rising Children’s Home. Children who were once orphaned or extremly impoverished are now a part of a family and have a new hope for a better future. Yesterday as I was at the park enjoying watching my children practice baseball and softball and play on a playground, I couldn’t help but think of the children of Hope’s Rising, and wonder what they were up to. So I called Aisha, one of our house moms. We talked about how they were doing in school, their health, etc. In the background I heard the sounds of children playing. I couldn’t help but see in my mind their infectious smiles, and my heart longed to be there. Then, I looked at the joy on my children’s faces and I didn’t want to leave.
This is the constant dichotomy i find myself living in. The joy of the home I have here, and the pull of my home there. It is an uncomfortable, unsettled feeling that I live with each day. But I think that is ok. I believe we aren’t called to a life of comfort, but a life of stretching, of heart break, of giving, of growth. As my heart longs to hold the children of Hope’s Rising, it grows bigger and bigger in love. I hold and kiss, and love and appreciate my children here even more.
I may feel divided, like I have two homes, but I have one heart that grows bigger everyday!
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Below is a Blessing a friend recently sent me:
May God bless you with a restless discomfort about easy answers, half-truths and superficial relationships, so that you may seek truth boldly and love deep within your heart.
May God bless you with holy anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that you may tirelessly work for justice, freedom, and peace among all people.
May God bless you with the gift of tears to shed with those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, or the loss of all that they cherish, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and transform their pain into joy.
May God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you really CAN make a difference in this world, so that you are able, with God’s grace, to do what others claim cannot be done.
by Sr. Ruth Fox, OSB (1985)