A Journey through the Sand

They had been trudging through the hot sand for what seemed like forever. Little Caleb was getting so tired and his feet were sore.

“Mommy, Mommy,  please carry me!”

Sarah’s tired eyes looked down at her precious, pleading little boy. With a  heavy heart she picked him up in her arms. She couldn’t say no, he had been such a brave little trooper through this journey. The problem was she didn’t know how far she would be able to carry him.  Her Mother’s heart wanted to carry him the whole rest of the way, but physically she just couldn’t. Her body was weak and fatigued as well. Had she done the right thing in dragging Caleb out to the desert with her?

All she knew is that she had to get him out of the situation they were in. It had been dangerous, and she had to protect her child. She was so very scared about this journey they were on, but she was even more scared to stay. She felt that she at least had to give it her best shot at giving her son a better life. Isn’t that what all parents wanted? A better life for their child.

“Mommy I’m so thirsty.” Caleb whimpered.

Sarah walked a little farther and then stopped and gently put Caleb down.

“Lets take a little rest my dear.”, Sarah said, as she watched him sit down on the sand.

She handed him the canteen that she had brought with them. She made herself to take only a couple sips of the water, for there wasn’t much left and Caleb needed it. The water had felt so good to her dry throat. After taking a drink Caleb handed it back to her.  He then stretched his little body  out, lying down on the sand. Sarah gently rubbed his hot forehead and soon he was fast asleep.

Tears welled up in Sarah’s eyes, the poor child was so exhausted. Would they make it to their destination?

Sarah stretched out as well, but she kept her eyes open as thoughts ran through her mind. She knew she should stay awake and keep aware of her surroundings as Caleb slept, but it was hard for she was so tired. She kept telling herself that in the end this long, hard journey would be worth it. That safety and new opportunities  awaited her and Caleb.

Her thoughts began to drift as she lost the fight in keeping her eyes open. She let herself dream of the new life that she desperately hoped for. She prayed that she would see her long awaited dream of freedom finally become a reality.

 

 

Freedom of Love

As I think of freedom today, I think about more than just the Freedom of our Country.

I think about the poor woman who is trapped in an abusive marriage, wanting to find freedom from the pain.

The little  child who is neglected, and all they want is for someone to love them. They want freedom from feeling unlovable.

Freedom for the person who is tired of hiding behind a mask, but yet afraid to take it off.

Freedom for the scared, pregnant teenager who doesn’t know what to do, who needs someone to guide her and show her that she’s not alone.

I think of the one who longs to have freedom from the worries of where their next meal will come from, and if they can survive another night on the street.

Freedom for the one who holds so much pain their heart, not knowing  how to let go!

Yes, today is a celebration of freedom for America, and as I think of that, I think of the Statue of Liberty and what it says!

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Let us not forget those words. Those are words that sound like they are coming from a Country made up of caring people. Let us not forget to care. To remember the freedom that we have to lend a helping hand to our neighbor and show kindness, compassion, and love to others. There is nothing that should restrain that. When you open your heart to giving and receiving love, that is the best freedom of all!