May 31st 2012 – Six year old Marie Therese weighed in at 24.5 lbs and was 34.5 inches in height when she came to us a year ago. Therese was insecure as could be expected of anyone in her circumstances. She had no control over what was happening to her. She didn’t know why she was chosen and put into the group that she was. She saw friends and other kids being separated into other groups and then loaded into various vehicles. Therese didn’t know where she was being taken or if she’d ever see anyone from her “home” again. She was angry. She was sick. She wanted to gain control over something. To cope with her helplessness she fought back. Therese was mouthy, rebellious, and aggressive in many ways. She bullied the other kids. She needed to feel she had some power in over her life.
1 yr later – Today if you ask Joyce about Therese she can go gushing about her for hours! Though strong and healthy physically Therese has not grown as much as some of the other kids, only gaining 6.5 lbs and adding 5 inches to her height. However she is a new girl. A completely different child. Therese is loving and affectionate. She no longer needs to hurt others in order to feel power in her life, she feels it through the love and bond she has with her peers, caregivers, and teachers. She has felt the impact of love on her life, the security it brings, and the power behind it. Power to make her feel safe, make her feel and identity. She has seen the power her love has over others. She has seen how others respond to her. She knows how much an impact she has on Dayana when she reaches out a comforting hand, shares, or looks out for. She loves the interaction of others, the loneliness of sudden separation from almost everything and everyone she knew gone, because she has found her place here, and she has found the acceptance she needed, the belonging in the hearts of those she has grown to love. She now takes delight in the good she can do with her life. Today we celebrate with joyful hearts and great thanksgiving the healing that has taken place in this little one. In her kind, caring, obedient, attentive, silly, energetic, inquisitive, observant, affectionate little being. She has learned the power of love, and she uses it to bless the lives of those lucky enough to know her.
“Now abide, faith, hope, love, these three, but the greatest of these is love.” Corinthians 13:13
Posted on Sat, June 1, 2013