Monday, November 24, 2008

Nothing to Say

I haven't blogged in a while because I really haven't had anything to say. I'm not one who just writes to just put something out there. If I am going to write something, I want to say something that matters, even if it only matters to me... :)

With that said I will simply pass on a portion of a recent email I received from my friend and brother Brock Johnson in Guatemala. We are helping a family that he is currently reaching out to.

"This has been an exciting and emotional project. They are such a sweet family and genuinely thankful. Their family members (parents, brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews) all gather around frequently to watch the construction.

The family has many needs. They frequently go without water. They get very cold at night and the boys are currently sick. We've given them lots of blankets... 3 days ago, manuel emelio went into convulsions and had to go to the hospital. It was a combination of the cold, and the constant breathing in of the coal fire in their house that they cook from. Yesterday i asked them what medicine he was on and they said "nothing, we have no money for it." So, i am going into the city today to get his prescription filled. this project has been a combination of joy and heartbreak.

love to all! pass along our thanks to the journey family!

That reminds me... every time i see him, luterio (dad) says repeatedly "gracias hermano brock, gracias a Dios, y gracias yurney" (thank you brother brock, thanks to God, and thank you Journey). awesome...

crazy love-

I am speechless as I sit in my comfortable home watching Monday Night Football and posting this as my children sleep in their warm, comfortable beds.

Why was I born here in a land of plenty while these precious people struggle to survive? Could it be that I have a responsibility to help them? Could this have something to do with why the Bible has so much to say about loving my neighbor, not storing up treasure here on earth and loving the least of these? I don't know, but it is scary thing to think that Jesus said "whatever you did not do for the least of these you did not do for me" and then to wonder if it is "Jesus" who needs water, a blanket and medicine in Guatemala...