WRITERS WORKSHOP PROMPT:
Describe what you would change about yourself if you could.
It was a beautiful day and we felt very blessed.
So when Jamie told me this morning that Santa had not visited the home of one of her school friends it knocked the breath right out of me. And when she said that her friend had explained, "Well my little brother was kind of bad this year." My heart crumbled, falling down into my gut where sharp pieces of it have been stabbing me all day.
Growing up, I would cuddle my one cherished baby doll and wonder just what my wealthy friends had done to deserve the overflowing bounty from the big man in red. Never once did it cross my mind that perhaps I had been bad only that they must have been EXTRA good. So to think of those sweet innocent children coming to the conclusion that they must have somehow ended up on the naughty list is too painful to bear. And to think of their poor single mom left alone on Christmas with no one to turn to... ouch.
Every Christmas we (and so many others) try to reach out to those in need, but knowing that there are still those who fall between the cracks makes me want to do more. And that's the one thing I would change about myself if I could. I would do more.
I'd be more aware, more alert, more in tune to what's going on around me. I would seek more spiritual guidance to be a better servant in the Lord's hands and I'd pray more to know how I could help those in need.
Yes that's what I would change if I could.
And good news...
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