We witness a miracle each time a child enters a life. But those who must make their journey home across time and miles, growing in the hearts of those waiting to love them, are carried on the wings of destiny. And placed among us by God's own hands.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

This Valentine's Day

This was Tensae's first Valentine's Day. She has over the last year amazed me in how quickly she learns the rituals of her new life. So when we were at the store a few weeks ago and I showed her the valentines cards and explained what they were and that "On Valentine's Day we celebrate our love for each other, for our family and our friends." She interrupts me and says "I know mom, I want the Dora cards." Again I was blown away by her natural understanding of things that we adults try to make complex.

So it got me thinking "Why is the subject of love so complex"?. After all this is the very foundation of peace in our world. When children are raised with love they learn to see themselves as worthy individuals, to love themselves and then to love others. But what about all the children in this world who have lost their parents? Who do not have anyone to love them? Even if they are fortunate enough to land in a orphanage where they will receive food and shelter is there enough love to go around? If the love is provided by a older sibling is this sufficient? Is it sufficient for one adult to provide love for 20 or more children? So on this Valentine's Day I ask that anyone who sees this to take a moment and consider this, "Does your heart and home have room to love one more?".

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