Sharing the Good News and encouraging others in their faith walk is my passion. My other passion is my grandchildren. In May, we will welcome grandchild number seven, a girl.
For Christmas, I received a journal from my future granddaughter, courtesy of her mother. Inscribed in ink on the inside cover is the following: “Nana, Please use this journal to write your favorite scriptures, recipes and stories just for me!”
Her parents have chosen the name Ruby for granddaughter number three. When my daughter-in-law mentioned the name to my son, she wasn’t aware that Ruby was my mother’s name.
As Ruby’s grandmother, I want to impart how “fearfully and wonderfully made” she is by a loving Heavenly Father. Her older siblings and her cousins will be a wonderful example. I continually remind them of the importance of “living for Jesus” because He is what matters most in life.
In a Noisy World
In today’s noisy world, it’s often difficult to stay focused on Jesus. For today’s generation, the opportunities to become distracted are more prevalent than ever before.
When I grew up in the 50s and 60s, we didn’t have the myriad options available today. Nature was our playground, where God’s creation spoke to us of His marvelous works.
Good news: 13-year-old donates toys to hospital
For six years, a 13-year-old Columbus, Ohio, boy has been raising money to buy toys to give away at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. This year, Caleb Silvia raised $5,000 to buy 500 toys for those who are hospitalized at Christmas.
Caleb, who founded Caleb Cares 4 Kids, which is an Ohio nonprofit LLC, knows what it’s like to experience hospital smells and lie in a hospital bed. For Caleb, his fundraising and helping others is personal.
When Caleb was 2-years-old, he was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder called Kawasaki Disease and spent time at Nationwide where he recalls the toy cart. Although he’s been free of the disease for years now, he recalls what it’s like to be in the hospital.
At 8 years of age, Caleb decided to donate some toys to the children in the hospital at Christmas. Now, his efforts have grown. Recently, Caleb and his family brought two vans overflowing with toys. They were met at the door by hospital employees who helped load up the carts and distribute the toys.
Says Caleb, “The ability to give back to a place close to my heart … it’s just something I feel passionate about.”
During a 911 response last month, Kentucky police officer John Nissen went beyond the call of duty. On July 24, the veteran cop of more than 17 years, and his partner-in-training, received a dispatch call concerning a distressed female motorist, according to Fox News. Barbie Henderson had pulled over on the side of a Hillview, Kentucky highway.
“All we knew from the dispatch,” says Nissen, “was there was a crying woman who needed help in her car.”
When the officers approached Henderson’s vehicle, she opened the door for them. “We could see she was visibly upset,” said Nissen. “She told us her sister had passed away.”
Henderson said she was “upset, screaming and hollering” upon receiving the news of her sister’s passing while she was driving. “My first reaction was to call 911,” she explains.
After talking to Henderson, Nissen asked if he could sit with her. “I wanted to talk to her and see if I could get her cooled down a bit,” he said. “I turned the air vents towards her—it was over 90 degrees that day—held her hand, and she cried on my shoulder. I also had her take sips of water.”