Several times in the past week I intended to write a post with my reaction to the Paris attacks, the Kenyan attacks, and the Syrian response. Yet, over the past several days, it’s all become a heated discussion that has dissolved from #prayforparis and #prayforkenya to nothing more than arguing about who’s right or wrong.
When I heard about the Paris attacks and the Kenyan attacks, I cried the entire weekend. I couldn’t stop crying. For a while, I thought something was wrong with me. I’ve heard bad news before but why was this particular news affecting me so hard? Why couldn’t I distance myself from it in the typical American fashion with a shiny new ball? I think it’s because the Lord allowed me to feel more than just a sadness but a spiritual weight, heaviness if you will, for the state of our world. At the end of day, He dried my tears with giving me new hope. The hope comes in the form of tomorrow’s broadcast.
It’s an honor to interview someone spreading the light in a world of darkness. It’s so refreshing to know that in the midst of darkness, God’s light is oh so much brighter and brilliant.
Packages of Hope is an organization started by a freshman with a simple mission: send packages of gifts and toys to children of all ages across the United States who are battling cancer. How beautiful is that?
I look forward to talking with Mikayla from Packages of Hope tomorrow so join me.
Here’s is some information from their website regarding the statistics of childhood cancer.
- Childhood cancers are the #1 disease killer of children – more than asthma, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, and pediatric AIDS combined.
- Childhood cancer is not a single disease, but rather many different types that fall into 12 major categories. Common adult cancers are extremely rare in children, yet many cancers are almost exclusively found in children.
- On the average, 1 in every 4 elementary school has a child with cancer. The average high school has two students who are a current or former cancer patient. In the U.S., about 46 children and adolescents are diagnosed with cancer every weekday.
John 16:33 “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
Parker is a diehard Trekkie (TOS), sci-fi lover, fantasy dweller, romance junkie, anime freak, old movie buff, church-goer, off and on Mountain Dew and marshmallow recovering addict who writes to fill the void the sugar left behind. Visit her website at parkerjcole.com