Thankfulness overflows today as we announce that our end-of-the-year matching opportunity has been met. So thanks to each of you who had a part in this. Hundreds prayed for this, and 125 of you gave gifts to help those who are heartbroken.
The image above graces the front of our Spark of Life brochure. The picture was an unanimous choice of all those who were asked to pick a picture out of thousands at our disposal. As you can see, it is a very alive flower growing in what appears to be a very dead piece of ground. It really symbolizes what Spark of Life is all about.
In the midst of death and heartbreak stands life. Our Spark team does what we do because there is always hope, even in the midst of horrific pain and sadness. And we who are privileged and honored to be a part of this are deeply thankful for those of you who are truly a ‘spark of life’ by your generous gifts of prayer, time, and money – so that we can continue to offer these retreats at no cost to those who are deeply heartbroken.
Mark Twain wrote that ‘kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” And I would add, “that the heartbroken can feel.” Thank you all for your continued kindness.
Ralph Waldo Emerson stated “You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.” How true these words are. Thousands need hope now. And because of your quick and generous responses to this tremendous need, we will be able to offer more retreats this year to those who are grieving. As we have stated often, we are convinced that we could fill 50 retreats if we had the resources to do it.
“At the end of life we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, how many great things we have done. We will be judged by ‘I was hungry and you gave me to eat, I was naked and you clothed me, I was homeless and you took me in.’ Hungry not only for bread — but hungry for love. Naked not only for clothing — but naked for human dignity and respect. Homeless not only for want of a room of bricks — but homeless because of rejection.”
So once again, thank you for giving true food, and drink, and shelter to those who are hurting. May God bless each of you in 2015.