As I was sitting on my computer surfing Amazon for a gift to get for my kids for Christmas, this commercial comes on the TV.
It is older one but still manages to break my heart every time I see it.
It seems so unfair – children should not have to go to bed with tears of hunger in their eyes, and a mother should never have to watch her child starve.
Unfortunately, in many corners of the world this is reality.
As parents, many of us are probably pondering that perfect gift we want to give our kids Christmas morning. But now, as I sit here, I can’t help but consider how different my gift ideas are to those of other mommies on the other side of the world.
If we could ask the mothers of some of these children what they wish they could give their kids, I wonder what they would say?
I can imagine it would be something like this:
“I wish I could give my new baby healthcare. My last child didn’t live past the age of two. I don’t think I could bear to loose another.”
“I wish I could give my children clean water to drink.”
“I wish I could give my children safety from people who seek to take them for sex and slave trafficking.”
“I wish I could give my children proper shelter.”
“I wish I could give my children something to eat today, we had nothing yesterday.”
“I wish I could give my kids protection from AIDS and Ebola virus that has taken the lives of many people we love.”
“I wish I could give my children a clean environment to play in.” …
May I never forget to be thankful for all the many abundances I so often take for granted.
And may I not forget to pray for these mothers who struggle daily to provide basic necessities for their precious children.