God’s Gift

PreciousBabies are a joy; God’s gift to the world. Yet, so many today are abused, abandoned, and tossed away like trash. In the midst of selfishness, poverty and greed, a baby’s cry goes unheard; a child’s anguish unseen.

As the value of human life goes down the price of a child’s innocent body goes up through child exploitation and human trafficking.

And it’s all around us.

Although we can’t rescue every hurting child in the world, we can love and protect the ones God has put in our lives. Our children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren need love and encouragement. They need our time and attention. They need to know that when they mess up we still love them and will always be there for them.

We need to treat the children in our lives as if they are the most precious treasures on earth . . . because they are!

Laughter is Good for the Soul

I don’t feel like laughing every day, but it sure beats crying! Not to say I haven’t cried a few rivers in my life, I just like laughing better. I like it so much that I even laugh at myself. Like the time I was jogging in the pouring rain and nearly plowed into a telephone pole. And the time I thought my tire required fifty cents worth of air and blew it to smithereens! And the time my oldest grandson and I were horsing around in the mall and he pushed me into a rack of clothes and I sprawled on the floor.

Then there was that time my sister-in-law and I were in K Mart looking at silly pictures in a book entitled “100 Ways to Use a Dead Cat.” We laughed so hard that a crowd of people gathered in the isle laughing with us.

But my all-time favorite was when my husband and I were in Mayberry. I saw a lady that I hadn’t seen in years and stopped to talk to her. When I asked where her husband was she mumbled something that I didn’t understand. so I asked again. When I still didn’t understand she blurted, “Honey, He’s dead!”

This couple was always together: at church, the grocery store, the mall; everywhere. The thought of one ever being without the other never crossed my mind.

“D E A D!!!!” I blurted. When did that happen??

My husband rushed to a far away booth leaving me standing there looking like an idiot all by myself. I offered my sincere condolences and hurried to the booth where my husband was bouncing up and down with laughter.

He who cannot laugh at himself should never laugh at others.