Monday, January 20, 2014

What We and Our Grandchildren Need to Know About Suffering . . .

I am honored to be part of WorldHelp's bloggers . . . I believe in the mission of WorldHelp and am honored to share it with you who read grandma's cookie jar. I am just one of many people who blog for WorldHelp; some of those who blog are currently in Africa where they are experiencing hands-on how WorldHelp is making a real difference in the lives of people in Uganda.

One blogger; Emily Wierenga, wrote a post entitled, What the Church Needs to Know about Suffering. I read it and thought, there is much I and my grandchildren need to know about suffering as well. We live here in the USA in houses which are warm; and with this winter being so cold here in Michigan, I'm very thankful for our warm houses. My grandchildren do not go hungry, they have clothes to wear and toys to play with . . . as do I - well at least I have clothes to wear; I don't particularly play with toys - unless my grandsons are at my house!
OBR January 2014 Blogger Topic Photos
My point is, I - and my grandsons - really have no real idea of what it means to suffer. I read posts like Emily's and my heart is broken for little children who have nothing; literally nothing. I want my grandsons to grow up to be men who have hearts which break for those who do suffer. I want them to be men who are thankful for God's blessings to them and who know they can take those blessings to help others who do suffer.

How do I do this? Well, we don't live where we have nothing, so I do not think it is truly possible for us to understand this type of suffering, but we can have tender hearts. We can be people who try to see others through Jesus' eyes and love them as He does. We can be people who look for opportunities to help others. These are things we all can do.

When our children were teens, my husband and I encouraged them to take part in mission trips; they went to South Dakota and served on a Native American reservation, to Virginia and worked in a Christian camp, to Costa Rica, Mexico, Nepal, Thailand, England, France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Turkey, the Island of Rhodes and the Bahamas to share Jesus with people in need. 

RabbitsI hope my grandsons are able to go and do the same when they are older, but for now I can share the accounts of those who are serving those who suffer and involve them in projects such as Christmas for an Orphan and have them choose items from the WorldHelp Gift of Hope Catalog to earn money for items which they can send to help those who suffer. (They love sending the bunnies to families!) We can do the same for Operation Baby Rescue as it takes so little . . . even just a couple dollars - to help these little ones!

So, what do we need to know about suffering . . . I think it boils down to this: there are people who are suffering and there are things we can do to see them through the eyes of Jesus and love them as He does.

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