Make A Child Smile

•November 3, 2010 • Leave a Comment

This morning I was sitting with my coffee and looking through this book that has 199 family activities as I was needing a little creative inspiration. One of the ideas was to make a child smile. Now who wouldn’t want to do that? That was of course the reason I bought the book in the first place. To put a smile on my son’s face as we made some great new family memories.

I checked out the website it listed and realized the point was to put a smile on a chronically ill child’s face. As I looked through I had tears streaming down my face as I read from other mothers about how their child is going through chemo, radiation, surgeries and seemingly endless pokes from needles as they fight for their lives. How can I or my family possibly make these children smile? The website simply suggests sending them a card.

I remember as a child, back in the days of snail mail, when an envelope would come in the mail with my name on it. How excited I was to tear it open and see who the letter or card was from. I remember how good it felt to know that someone had thought of me.

Now as I am thinking about a very sick child, who doesn’t get to do all the fun things other children do, who can’t go outside and play because of a low or non-existent immune system, I can see how receiving a card could put a smile on that precious face.

And not just any card! Think of all the possibilities of how you can make it, and what you can send tucked within it! I cannot wait until I pick up my son from school to share with him this idea and hear all his creative thoughts on what we should send. I want our bright and cheery card to be filled with love and jokes, stickers and pictures! I can just imagine this child’s face to light up as they open an envelope addressed just to them. I want them to feel valued, and loved as they realize they are being prayed for and thought of.

What a blessing it is to bless others! My heart is already swelling with joy and excitement about this project and the child who will receive our card.

On the Make A Child Smile website you can see all the children you can send cards to and read about them and their family. I love that they include the name and interests about the child’s siblings as well so we can also send them a card. It can be really hard on the other children when a sibling is very sick as often the attention is mostly on the sick child.

As great as it would be to get a reply to our card, we are not expecting a reply back as I am sure these families are so overwhelmed with appointments and everything else. I just want to give and spread joy and only God knows what will come of it.

At the beginning of this morning I was feeling really overwhelmed with some situations in my life. As I read about what these children and families are having to go through, suddenly my issues seem so much smaller. I am thankful for the people God has placed in my life, for the good health of my child and all the other blessings we have. It’s time for me to take the focus off of myself and focus instead on God and how I am blessed to be a blessing.

Here was a little story they had on their website that helped me to stop feeling sorry for myself and what I am walking through.

~ ~ Your Cross ~ ~

The young man was at the end of his rope. Seeing no way out, he dropped to his knees in prayer.

“Lord, I can’t go on,” he said. “I have too heavy a cross to bear.” The Lord replied, “My son, if you can’t bear its weight, just place your cross inside this room. Then, open that other door and pick out any cross you wish.”

The man was filled with relief. “Thank you, Lord,” he sighed, and he did as he was told. Upon entering the other door, he saw many crosses, some so large the tops were not visible.

Then, he spotted a tiny cross leaning against a far wall. “I’d like that one, Lord,” he whispered. The Lord replied, “My son, that is the cross you just brought in.”

When life’s problems seem overwhelming, it helps to look around and see what other people are coping with. You may consider yourself far more blessed than you imagined.

~Author Unknown

I will re-post later with what we sent and to who and how it all went. So excited!