Tuesday, August 26, 2014

John 13: 34-25

Did you know that...
  • Each day an estimated 800 mothers and 18,000 young children die from largely preventable causes. 
  • More than 1 million babies die on their first and only day of life across the world, and 2.9 million in their first month.
  • More than half of these maternal and under-fives deaths take place in locations beset by a high risk of conflict and/or natural disasters. 
  • 40 million women give birth without any skilled help – that’s more than 100,000 women every day. Even more dramatically, 2 million women a year are entirely alone when giving birth.
These are the facts from the UN’s website: MDG4 (Millennium Development Goals) and from their partners at Save the Children.

The facts are sad but it is a reality. When I was presented with these facts I took a moment to reflect and realize just how saddened I was by this.  

The best thing any person can do is to reach out a hand and to be the voice for these children. A child is the most precious gift anyone could ever receive and to have their life taken so soon is absolutely heartbreaking. Every child deserves a chance at life. They deserve the chance to grow into human beings that forever leave a mark on this world. They deserve a chance to become authors, scientists, doctors, astronauts, dancers, mothers, firefighters, or whatever their heart desires. 

I'll be honest...I have sat and stared at the computer screen for some time now. I was at a loss for words because there are not many words to describe such horrific facts. Disease and death go hand in hand. However, when one thinks of death or disease children do not normally come to mind. Babies do not come to mind. Most individuals relate the word baby or infant to a new life, one that is just beginning, not one that is ending. It is important to support this cause because it does not matter where a child is from, where the child is born, what kind of situation it may be coming from...a child is a child of God and the Lord has asked us to love one another beyond all circumstances. Everyone deserves a chance at life.

John 13: 34-35 "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."

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