Wisdom at the Benefit Concert

Filed Under (Blogs) by Susan on 22-10-2012

Friday evening was an important night for LWR. We were able to hold our first benefit concert, with the band New Creation as our sponsor. I had the privilege to interview Philip and let him discuss his experiences in his own way. He talked about how he felt when others commented on the way he looked. “Sometimes it makes me sad, but I know God has a plan for my life…just like he has a plan for all of your lives” (pointing to the audience).

I prefer to get his honest answers, and though we do run through practice questions, I do not give him answers to the questions. I love to hear the child-like responses that are so sincere and honest.

Our children are so innocent and priceless. We must step up and be the protective voices for them. We must stand up for life, at any age, race, size, or sex. Join with us in our fight for the value of life!

Because every child matters!!

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His Eye is on the Sparrow

Filed Under (Blogs) by Susan on 12-10-2012

With the upcoming LWR benefit concert, Philip has been practicing songs, as he plans to sing a song and share his testimony in brief. I told him the story of “His Eye is on the Sparrow,” and we decided to learn it. Santhosh told him the story when he first learned of our pregnancy with Philip, twelve years ago. He was preparing to leave for Atlanta with the church youth group for a music event. I had just confirmed the pregnancy and told Santhosh our good news. As he was leaving, I went to the piano to play the song, “His eye is on the sparrow.” He asked why I was playing it, and my response was, “I’m singing to the baby.”

Philip smiled with that story. Earlier this week, he told me how poorly he had done on his recent math test at school. I tried to encourage him. Then he said, “When I saw my grade, mom, I just kept thinking of that song “His eye is on the sparrow, and I know he watches me.” I asked him how did that make you feel? His response was “I know God is with me, no matter what.”

My question to myself was, “why don’t I try this at work?” We need to believe it, God has promised He will never leave us or forsake us.

God bless you all!

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Mccallie-Baylor game

Filed Under (Blogs) by Susan on 01-10-2012

Even though Philip has just started at the Mccallie School, over “spirit week,” he became very hyped about the big football game between their rival, Baylor School. I was amazed how disappointed he was that Mccallie had lost. In just one week, this young sixth grader dove into “Big Blue” and “Go Mccallie, beat Baylor!” He was extremely passionate about a win over “Big Red.”

It is curious to see how we as humans do certain things, say certain words and endorse certain concepts. It is bravery to speak up in the middle of crisis kind of events. I heard on the radio about a young Nigerian woman, Oblanuju Ekeocha, who wrote an open letter to Mrs. Melinda Gates, after learning of Gates’ desire to give $4.6 billion worth of contraceptive drugs and devices into Africa.

Ms Ekeocha talks about the welcome party a new baby receives when born into a village. “Once the baby arrives, they (the mothers) gracefully and heroically rise into the maternal mode.” She explains to Mrs Gates that she witnessed at least 12 babies born every year in her life. “Amidst all our African afflictions and difficulties, amidst all the socioeconomic and political instabilities, our babies are always a firm symbol of hope, a promise of life, a reason to strive for the legacy of a bright future.”

The letter goes on to say what is really needed in Africa: such as food programs for children, good healthcare systems, higher education opportunities, chastity programs, protection of women from sex trafficking, prostitution. While 4.6 billion dollars is a wonderful legacy for an underdeveloped country, Ms Ekeocha feels that a legacy of ‘child free sex’ for the African woman will send the wrong message.

I believe this is a message even for the rest of the world. It’s not about a woman’s liberation. We are talking about a baby, a new life. For all of our advances in technology, we have lost what Ms Ekeocha knows from her African heritage. Every child matters.

Because every child matters!!

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