For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.”  Romans 12:3

Taking a look in the mirror in the morning is not always an easy thing to do.  Sometimes I turn the light off and wait a few seconds to turn it back on to see if the same person is still there looking at me.  I never visited a home in Haiti that did not have a mirror inside, no matter how small or fragile the home.  The girl in the attached photo is Jeanette and she attends school at Messif in Ouanaminthe and I am sure that her home probably has a mirror as her appearance indicates that she spent some time looking at herself before leaving home.

I know what reflection is in my morning mirror and I wonder what is in her mirror in the dark morning?  Her life is so different than ours at least through the eyes of this world.  The only image that really matters to this young child, and should be what really matters to each of us is that our Heavenly Father loves us, takes care of us and daily blesses our lives.  We can always be sure of that.  She is always sure of that when at 11 in the morning the kettle of food at Messif is filled with blessings from above and once again the lie of the vodou priest is no longer valid; that is truly a significant blessing.  I listened to a song recently by Johnny Cash called “When He reached down His hand for me” and it reminded me of His hand coming down for Jeanette, you and me every single day.     

“Once my soul was astray from the heavenly way; I was wretched and vile as could be.  But my Savior in love gave me peace from above when he reached down his hand for me.  When he reached down his hand for me; when he reached way down for me I was lost and undone without my God or His Son, when he reached down his hand for me.  I was near to despair when he came to me there and he showed me that I could be free then he lifted my feet gave me gladness complete when he reached down his hand for me.”

Dear Heavenly Father, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown.  Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.  Amen. 

May God be with you…Jay