Have you heard the starfish story? The one where the two guys are walking on the beach and they round a corner only to see thousands of starfish, drying out on the sand? The one guy starts throwing them back into the ocean while his friend laments how pointless it is because saving them all is impossible.
“It means something to this one,” the guy says, hurling another starfish back to the safety of the sea.
I know I am not alone in wanting to be the first guy, but wrestling with having the defeatist attitude of the second.
Watching terrified Syrian children run for their lives on the news completely and totally upends me. Again, I know I’m not alone. But what can we realistically do?
That question led me to my new friend Bernie. Bernie works for an organization called World Relief. It is the boots on the ground that many of us cannot be. I asked Bernie if maybe I could adopt a bajillion of these terrified children and his answer both surprised and educated me.
“No, we are trying to reunite families. We need money.”
Let me say up front that it has taken my heart a while to be okay with simply writing a check for something like this. It doesn’t feel like enough.
And yet. for one person, a small amount of money could be life changing.
For example, it only costs $150 to give one woman trauma therapy for a year. A YEAR! It only costs $200 to give a child a safe place to play and heal for a year. One Syrian refugee woman in Jordan described her weekly session in this way “One day a week, I walk into this place and I can breathe.”
Y’all. Why wouldn’t we move heaven and earth to make that possible for a mother who has literally been to hell and back? For a precious child?
So, I designed and lettered a print. It isn’t much. But, it is a verse that needs to be ever before us. It needs to hang on the walls of our homes and offices to remind us of why we are here. How can we light the darkness?
Micah 6:8 “To act justly…love mercy…walk humbly with your God.”
These prints are $20. They are gold foil on white and will look stunning on any wall color, in any room. Every penny of profit from the sale of this piece is headed straight to World Relief. To as many mamas and children as we can. Give them as teacher’s gifts. Christmas gifts. For your kiddos. For your grandma. We all need this reminder.
You can find them in my etsy shop. If you are in Greenville, SC, they will also be available at Vino and Van Gogh’s holiday sale on Saturday, November 21.
If this particular print isn’t your speed or taste, please consider visiting the World Relief website and donating there. Or search #wewantrefugees on social media to see what other products are out there giving to this desperate need.
Image credits: Jessica Barley
Thank you, friends.