Compassion Blog Month: A Letter to God

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Not long ago, I signed up to be a Compassion Blogger. I'm glad they aren't too picky, because I completely missed the first assignment for September as Blog Month at Compassion. (Oops.) During Blog Month, we are asked to write on one assigned topic per week. This week's assignment - write a letter to God about child sponsorship. This would be my first letter to God, oh my.

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Dear God,
I guess you knew, when you sent Katie Davis to Uganda, that some day I would read her book and I would be able to resist no more. I didn't know where Uganda was, and now I think about that country, and Ronald, every day. I am amazed at how you work. Thank you.
Thank you for bringing Ronald into our life. Thank you for the way the boys have embraced him, without me having to coax or plead. I thought I would have to convince them to love him, but you outsmarted me there, too. They love Ronald because they are children created by you, and you tell us to love like them. I should follow their example more often. Thank you for the way the boys remember to pray for Ronald when I don't, and for the questions generated by his sweet face on our refrigerator. Thank you for our refrigerator, for that matter. I know Ronald doesn't have one. Thank you for the ridiculous amounts of creature comforts in this house. I'm ashamed that I would ever complain.
Thank you for an organization like Compassion, which makes this easy. I didn't have to travel to find Ronald. He was just there on my computer screen. In some ways that is too bad; the ease sanitizes his situation and that of our world. I don't smell, hear or touch poverty on a daily basis - if I did, I would be overwhelmed. Perhaps paralyzed with despair. But here in my air conditioned house, with a dishwasher waiting to be emptied and a washing machine humming, I can still see Ronald. And I'm not paralyzed with despair. I'm motivated with joy. Thank you for how that works - how you use technology and how you pursue. Thank you for working on me until I finally stopped the excuses. 
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I'm not sure how to sign a letter to God (I mean, he knows who it is from and any closing seems trite - "sincerely" - really?) so I'm just going to end it there. If you've read this far, thank you. Maybe you want to know a bit more?
Our Ronald
The goal for Blog Month is to get 3,108 new children sponsored. One week in, they counted 837 new sponsorships. Would you like to add to those numbers? Here is the basic deal: For $38 a month you can send one child to a church-based program that provides: 
  • Food and clean water
  • Medical care
  • Educational opportunities
  • A Bible in his or her native language
  • Life-skills training
As an added bonus: he gets hope, and the idea that someone out there cares. Are you ready to sponsor a child through Compassion? Click here.


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7 Responses to “Compassion Blog Month: A Letter to God”

  1. i love your letter :-) still working on mine for the week, but i'm getting some good ideas! what a beautiful privilege it is, isn't it? have a great week, courtney!

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  2. Beautiful Courtney! And I giggled at your closing. I might end my letter to Him with "Hugs" or maybe even "Hug & Kisses" or end it like a prayer, "In Jesus' name Amen?" Or I wonder if He would smile like I do when my oldest son signs his notes to me as Fondly, Reese - it's endearingly formal, especially for a 7-year-old!

    Praying more children are sponsored this month. I'm trying to give myself a kick in the pants to make more than a money connection with our sponsor kids.

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  3. Beautiful Courtney! And I giggled at your closing. I might end my letter to Him with "Hugs" or maybe even "Hug & Kisses" or end it like a prayer, "In Jesus' name Amen?" Or I wonder if He would smile like I do when my oldest son signs his notes to me as Fondly, Reese - it's endearingly formal, especially for a 7-year-old!

    Praying more children are sponsored this month. I'm trying to give myself a kick in the pants to make more than a money connection with our sponsor kids.

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  4. Beautiful Courtney! And I giggled at your closing. I might end my letter to Him with "Hugs" or maybe even "Hug & Kisses" or end it like a prayer, "In Jesus' name Amen?" Or I wonder if He would smile like I do when my oldest son signs his notes to me as Fondly, Reese - it's endearingly formal, especially for a 7-year-old!

    Praying more children are sponsored this month. I'm trying to give myself a kick in the pants to make more than a money connection with our sponsor kids.

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  5. Beautiful Courtney! And I giggled at your closing. I might end my letter to Him with "Hugs" or maybe even "Hug & Kisses" or end it like a prayer, "In Jesus' name Amen?" Or I wonder if He would smile like I do when my oldest son signs his notes to me as Fondly, Reese - it's endearingly formal, especially for a 7-year-old!

    Praying more children are sponsored this month. I'm trying to give myself a kick in the pants to make more than a money connection with our sponsor kids.

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  6. Beautiful Courtney! And I giggled at your closing. I might end my letter to Him with "Hugs" or maybe even "Hug & Kisses" or end it like a prayer, "In Jesus' name Amen?" Or I wonder if He would smile like I do when my oldest son signs his notes to me as Fondly, Reese - it's endearingly formal, especially for a 7-year-old!

    Praying more children are sponsored this month. I'm trying to give myself a kick in the pants to make more than a money connection with our sponsor kids.

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  7. Ronald is so cute! I struggled with this assignment, but you did such a good job sharing your heart!

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