heard, valued, cared for

24 Nov

This past fall my friends and I volunteered at a World Vision AIDS exhibit. At the end of the simulation, there is a wall covered in pictures of children without a sponsor across the world. The picture shares their name and brief story. The simulation goes on to say that most likely no one has ever prayed for any of these children. That really hit me hard. I began to think about these beautiful precious children of God. Have they been heard, valued, cared for? Has anyone told these children that they love them? Or encourage them? Hug them? Ask them how their day was? Or what their dreams are? Who holds them when they are sad or sick? Has anyone ever prayed for them individually?
There are children, people in our cities, schools, state, country and world that fit under this category… who feel uncared for, unloved them, unheard.

If I have learned anything it’s that people need to be heard, valued, cared for.
missionaries // afraid // war vets // lonely // immigrants // weak //
middle schoolers // homeless // successful // lost  // everyone
God has blessed me with a passion for people and their stories. Ever since I was little I’d love to sit down and just listen.  I wish I could travel the nation, the world and listen. The other night I sat and talked with a 60 year old man, we talked about anything and everything, time flew and three hours later, someone found us and sadly it was time to leave. I walked away from the conversation excited about life, full of joy. It’s amazing what you can learn about others, yourself and God simply by listening.

But now that is all that fills my head, my heart all these beautiful people around the world who have never be heard, valued, cared for. By the end of 2012 there will be roughly 7.74 billion. 7,740,000,000 people who need to be heard, valued, cared for. I want to help them, hear them, hug them, encourage them, value them, pray for them. It is an overwhelming task.

Thankfully, there is a wonderful, powerful God. God hears, values, cares for them, every single of us, we are his beautiful, precious children, we are his flock. (1 John 3:1, Isaiah 40) There is such a wonderful passage in Psalms, “I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live…The Lord is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion” (Psalm 116). That creates such an amazing image of God and his love for us.  He individually created us, hears us, values us and cares for us.

1 John 3:1 // see what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.

Isaiah 40:1-31 // see, the Sovereign Lord comes with power, and he rules with a mighty arm. He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young. With whom, then, will you compare God? Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing. The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

 

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  1. my africa story | laurenolson - June 19, 2013

    […] and the LRA. Together we read books about Africa (that Morgan and her mom recommended), prayed, volunteered with World Vision (with Morgan), sponsored Cedrick from Rwanda (with dear friends and roommates) and cried through […]

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