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December 1, 2021

I was reviewing some pictures recently that were taken just before Covid 19 struck. My wife and I were visiting an impoverished village in Malawi. There we met with several at-risk orphans and widows including what are called “child-headed households”. One of those “households” especially gripped us.

It was a family of five children ranging in age from 2-15 years. The 15 year old was the “parent” of three siblings and the mother of the 2yr old. They were “squatting” in a derelict shelter. All they had was their ragged clothing. No food security, no medical support, no protector.

Fortunately our champions in Malawi had found them and were about to provide care.

It was just another reminder of humanity’s vulnerability. Whether it’s abject poverty, war, or natural disasters we’re all literally living a day at a time.  Jesus’ words resonate,”Think not what the morrow bringeth. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof”. Or as the old adage puts it,”Carpe Diem-Seize the Day”. We’re all in His hands. In God we trust.