Love Does

I just finished reading the book, "Love Does" by Bob Goff.   I highly recommend it.

And then tonight I went to the airport.   And I saw "Love Does."

I saw the culmination of a long journey.

I saw an orphanage director and a charge nurse who cared deeply about one of their infants.  Love Does care deeply.

I saw some former banker guy who wasn't afraid to ask for help for a sick little girl.

I saw a mom in Miami who said to her senior pastor,  "Love does care for a baby in Haiti who needs heart surgery."

I saw a senior pastor who said to a friend on the board of Miami Children's Hospital, "Love Does take care of those who can't take care of themselves."

I saw a family who welcomed a sick infant into their home and stood beside her day and night while she spent weeks and weeks in the hospital.

I saw a family who wanted desperately to make this little infant part of their family but had to bring her back to Haiti.   I saw Love Does.  Love Does come back.

And Love Does.   Not because of what's in it for them, but because that's what God does and that's what Love does. 

And tonight, I saw Love Does.  I saw a family, now a family of five, surrounded by an extended family welcome that little girl, now just over three years old into their family.

Tonight is the end of a long road of Love Does.

Tomorrow is the start of a new life of Love Does.   Every day.

I'm blessed to have played a small part in this circle of Love Does.

and tonight I was blessed to be able to hold the miracle that came to be because Love Does.


P.S. Dixie wrote the other day that we need your financial support.   Without countless people like you and you and me and him and her (points around the room), we couldn't help Love Do these type of stories.   I hope you'll continue to support the kids in Haiti.

2 comments (Add your own)

1. wrote:
The "cast of countless others" would have names such as Mme Bernard, Ginette, Miss Claudia, Exumene, Miss Camille, Jocelyne, Marie France, Sabrina, Ti Jocelyne, Marie Lande, Marleine, Yolande. "Love Does" is late night feedings, diaper changes, IV's, comforting, sending one of their precious babies off for heart surgery and then rejoicing after her safe return.
Would loved to have seen a photo of this amazing family as they arrived home with their daughter.

Tue, February 18, 2014 @ 9:33 PM

2. Tom Vanderwell wrote:
Dear Anonymous - if you e-mail me at and identify yourself, I'll talk to the family and see if they are okay with me sharing pictures. I wrote this last night without their knowledge, so I didn't feel comfortable sharing pictures beyond that one. Thanks!

Wed, February 19, 2014 @ 10:05 AM

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