Thursday, January 14, 2010

Little Toes


There are twenty little toes, and twenty little fingers that are very dear to me and each has been kissed and accounted for this bright day. There is not a wish dearer to a mothers heart than that. It is a wish that transcends age, era, and culture. My heart aches for the unfulfilled wishes of mothers facing the terrible unknowns in the aftereffects of a horrific natural disaster in their homeland of Haiti. I kiss and love on each of the little fingers and toes that are dear to me and send peace and prayers to fellow families.

There is of course a great need for tangible help as well as spiritual. The avenues for assistance are widely varied. I urge you to share this experience with your families. Share with your children the marvel and destructive power of this magnificent earth. Share with them the love and joy, and now fear and uncertainty that fill so many families that were once just like theirs. You will be amazed at the capacity for understanding and compassion that children hold. Work together to choose a way that your family may offer help.

In your efforts to choose an avenue of assistance I recommend that you consider the humanitarian efforts of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Putting aside any differences in theological beliefs their Humanitarian Relief Organization is widely recognized as one of the best in the world. Run almost entirely by volunteers any contribution is channeled directly to those in need. I highly recommend its consideration.

So go kiss the little toes you love so dearly and consider how you might reach out to those little toes and those that love them, so very far away, and in the midst of such a great disaster.