"In The Dark of the Heart"
Yet another day of unsettled weather here in Alberta Canada which is located in the Western region of Canada. We are located o the Eastern side of the Great Rocky Mountains and just about directly above Montana. Our weather has been unstable the better part of this month with higher than average rainfall and some unprecedented storms brewing. Tonight was another with funnel clouds reported to the west of us.
The world is in for change in comparison to what I have seen here over the years. I know many of you live in the US and are used to it but here we are in training. Weather has been changing for years and we are not much different.
Gather around and I would like to write about something that I have been observing this past few years over and above the weather. It has to so with people.
Tia and Quigley
The tan and black coloured dog belongs to our son and his wife. Tia is her name and when she comes to visit it is comical. Quigley is rather protective of her stuff and yet is willing to a point to share. In this case maybe not so much. They do have a blast. Tia was just a pup here and has now turned into a full grown dog and Quigley well she has stopped growing. Well at least in her mind.
Ever notice how we are the same in many ways. I mean the way we care about "Our Stuff." How we respond when our stuff is threatened. I mean look at us and I think I speak for many. We have security systems, door locks and in some cases video monitoring. All to protect out stuff.
We are so focused at looking after our stuff and yet we have those around us who have nothing. Nothing meaning not even food or the basics of life. Yet we find it important to protect what we have.
At the end of the day it all dies like we do. I have been corresponding with a family in Zimbabwe for the past 7 years. Patrick and Norah are their names and they have three children and they have nothing. Patrick works scrubbing floors and windows in an internet cafe to be able to write to me. Over the years we have formed a close bond and we are like family in many ways but on different sides of the world.
The need is great for Patrick and his family. They have nothing in comparison to what I have or what you have. So great they have little or nothing to eat. Not due to the fact Patrick is lazy but to the fact there is no work. The economy is in ruins, that land has been neglected for so long. What was once considered the bread basket of Africa has now become a desolate land because of neglect and political strife. People live in fear of their lives and yet we worry about our stuff.
Patrick's e-mails are the same each time he can write. He shares of the great need for his family. I have offered many times to send funds and yet he has refused and asked only for one thing and that is prayer. His words "Pastor if you send money no matter by mail or Western Union I would never make it home with the food I would buy. We love in a country where killing for food is common. Just pray is all I ask." It grieves me to think I have the resources to help and yet can not for fear of his life and or his families lives. And yet we protect our stuff.
Where We Are
Have you ever given much thought as to where you are in comparison. In Patrick's case he is no different than us as to making the choice where we were born. We are simply born and raised where our parents decide to call home. Really when you stop and think about it we could have ended anywhere. We could even be in Patrick's shoes.
In our home we sponsor several children in under privileged countries. We have several and it looks like we may be able to do a few more this year. I would love to help Patrick and his family out and yet he says no through fear of death or retaliation. It is an almost hopeless situation. When the basic needs of life you go without are offered and you cannot receive through fear then there is a real problem.
Prayer is all the man asks for and I would ask that you join with me in prayer. Maybe we can make a difference in their lives. To me it is so hard to comprehend and yet I need to respect his wishes. It is not pride by any means as Patrick is not a proud man. He is a man who tries and yet the system is against him.
I often look at all I have. The frivolous toys and gadgets that I think I need and yet here is a man who struggles to meet his basic needs for himself and his family. And yet we worry about our stuff we have accumulated.
I have no idea where some of you are as far as faith goes. Some yes but many I have no idea but I would ask that you take a moment and pray for the many Patrick's of the world. Know that your prayers no matter where you are will be heard and maybe our prayers can make a difference.
If nothing else ask that his and the needs of his family and the many over there can be met. They are after all our brothers and sisters. They are flesh and blood like us. Thank you for joining in with me and know that you are dearly loved. First by the Father above and then by this writer.
© Rolly A. Chabot
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