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Monday, July 20, 2009
Generosity from Afar
I remember hearing this single mother of five say,
“This summer I want to do something with my little ones, take a trip and go away.”
But after paying the bills and paying on other somewhat outstanding debt
It seemed impossible and caused her to doubt as she silently wept.
Not giving up on the thought completely as distant as it seemed,
To do something anyway would put everything to the extreme.
The time, the effort, the money, gas, room & board with this so say recession,
put everything at an unreachable cost,
And once again it would all appear to be, the going away, a total lost.
Then I remember her calling and saying, out of nowhere her phone rang with news that eased her feeling of despair.
News of real generosity from afar that with an inquiry online, a phone call would answer her prayer.
To a husband and wife with property and hope to share,
The child, the little one that to others seemed different and strange,
Had a special connection with the hearts of others whom she never met or even knew by name.
Their story was amazing or rather is amazing how they’ve chosen to reach out to others,
But what’s truly amazing is how much it really means to struggling fathers and mothers.
I’m not sure if the children will ever know how much it really means.
To them it’s just a get away, a time to play at a place they’ve never seen.
I can’t speak for everyone but I know for sure
That for this single mother, it was truly a blessing to be able to come here.
Working hard from day to day
Just trying to provide food for the little ones and a place to stay
Waking up early and staying up late nights,
Making sure that clothes are clean, homework’s done, and all the children are tucked in tight.
And Taylor with her special needs sometimes wakes and walks
Sometimes wouldn’t even be heard if she didn’t also talk.
It is much more than just a get away
It is proof that God does hear us when we pray
What you all are doing is just another showing of God’s love
As He has blessed you all from above.
I know that there can never be words in my heart to truly express
What you’ve given to this mother, whose faith is constantly being put through the test.
One day in her shoes would give most people the blues but I’ve seen her time after time go and go and go.
So what you have given to her, especially Taylor, you will never fully know.
But I can tell you that it’s not just to get away, a summer trip taken via car,
But rather the largest showing of generosity from afar.
God bless you in all you’re doings and whatever your heart’s desire,
For your story, caring and generosity is truly inspiring.
And I know that your wish is to have 6 cabins on this property,
But there are much, much bigger plans in your future I see.
And you can rest assure that these three little ones, especially Taylor, will someday
Know what they really experienced, far beyond a “trip away”.
Hopefully to inspire them to do the same for someone else in your name someday
God bless you both from a friend of a friend
Whose life you have just sincerely added great joy and hope to.
Sherilyn V. Crow
July 18, 2009