Unbound Outreach Call Representative Shantel Davis offers a prayerful reflection on family relationships.
Not long ago, I heard a beautiful lady living in extreme poverty in the Philippines say how much she wished she could go visit her family, but she could not. It humbled me to realize that even though I had issues with my father, I still had the choice to reach out to him.
There are a lot of people living in circumstances that keep them from reaching out to their families, and they truly don’t know if they will ever be able to again. There have always been people who struggle with their relationships. There have always been estrangements. But right now, there is something else going on. Because of COVID-19, people are having to leave their families and all they know to find work. Some have to travel great distances.
When someone who sponsors a child or elder through Unbound comes into the life of another with a similar experience, I am not sure there are words to describe the love and appreciation that is given back. People who, in some cases, may have felt like they had nobody now have a friend. Whether it is an elder, a child or a family that is enduring struggle, the relationship and connection shared is incredibly special and meaningful.
Today, because of someone else’s heartfelt example, I reached out to my father. We talked for almost an hour and it ended with love.
God, please allow those who wish to be of help to feel the impact they have on the lives of others. Let each person see that they are greatly blessed by the power of love, truth and connection that their relationships bring. Let us all build authentic relationships with those near and far by accepting one another with open hearts. For this we pray.
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Unbound is an international nonprofit founded by lay Catholics grounded in the Gospel call to put the needs of the marginalized and vulnerable first. We build relationships of mutual respect and support that bridge cultural, religious and economic divides. We bring people together to challenge poverty in 18 countries. We invite you to join us. Find us on Facebook or Twitter.