Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Sharing a great day

Yesterday was a once-in-a-lifetime day and I am so glad to have been alive in it, watching with Eleanor and our guests for the day - Dr. Ken Henderson, his wife Janet and friend Craig. We all watched CNN with joy and delight - the inauguration of Barack Obama, the speech, and parts of the parade and balls. In between we went to dinner with Salvadoran Lion's Club officials, with whom Ken, a Bellingham Lion, is working on plans for a program to check the vision and hearing of Salvadoran children under three. It felt just right to turn to this conversation after listening to President Obama say "To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds. And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to suffering outside our borders; nor can we consume the world's resources without regard to effect. For the world has changed, and we must change with it."
Our work in El Salvador is a small part of work that's being done all over the world to let farms flourish and waters flow and bodies heal; our collaboration with Ken and the Salvadoran Lion's Club is an opportunity to take that work just a little further. It's glorious to hear our President identify this as the work of our nation.

Thanks be to God for this great day!

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