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Moments for Mom January 2007


By Elisabeth Corcoran


I look at the enormity of the problem and I can't help but think, "what can one person do?" It's occurred to me that I used to think that way but that I don't anymore. One person can do much.

One person can pray with all she's got, begging God to intervene in any situation, to pour out his power, to give her wisdom to know what she can and should do. One person can give of her time in a way that will be a sacrifice to her and of great benefit to others. One person can give money, even a little bit of money, and that can be added to what others have given and then multiplied when God steps in. One person can call attention to an issue that is usually talked about in hushed tones, making people aware of something they may have had no idea about. One person can enter into the darkness, carrying her little bit of light, and shed great illumination where only dim shadows used to dwell. One person can touch another person's life in small ways: with a kind word, a gentle touch, a moment of time to listen and hold and cry with. One person can take her gifts and pour them out into someone else's life, knowing that freely has she received and freely should she give. One person can take her hurt and ask Christ to turn it into a blessing as she connects with the pain of another hurting heart. One person can move into another person's life in large ways: with a shout against injustice, a rallying of a group to do something of meaning, a hand reaching out to draw someone out of their circumstances permanently.

Moms, we're told time and again that we as women have the ability to set the tone of our home. That our daughters will learn how to be women and mothers by watching and modeling after us, and that our sons will grow up to look for wives that mirror their mothers. We have been given not just the ability, but the responsibility, to do great good. One life at a time. In our home. And in our world.

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This year 2007 can be the year that we allow our one life to do a world of good for someone else's life. What can one person do in comparison to the vastness of our world's problems? Each one of us can do much. We each have so much to give. And we are called to do just that.

Pure and lasting religion in the sight of God our Father means that we must care for those in their distress. -James 1:27

My challenge to myself and to each one of you is this: go be a light in the dark in this New Year, ladies.


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© Elisabeth K. Corcoran
Elisabeth Corcoran is the author of "In Search of Calm: Renewal for a Mother's Heart (2005)" and "Calm in My Chaos: Encouragement for a Mom's Weary Soul (2001)". She is wife to Kevin, and mom to Sara, 11-&-1/2, and Jack, 10. Her passion is encouraging women and the Church, and applying her gifts to eradicating global poverty, as well as local and global AIDS, one small step at a time, which she hopes to fulfill through her writing and speaking, and her connection with Open Door Clinic in the Fox Valley area and her church's partnership in Bo, Sierra Leone. You can learn more about Elisabeth and her ministry at elisabethcorcoran.com.

 

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