Woke up at 6 this morning to a persistent rooster . The thing about roosters in Haiti is that they seem to be strolling all around. They also insist on ""screaming" most any time of the day, and not just when the sun comes up. I stay away from them because my mom got chased and bit by one a long time ago.
A pen. That's what I wanted this morning when I woke. I wanted to write in my journal, and had lost my pen. None were to be found. A pen is a precious commodity (or pencil) in Haiti.. You lose "YOUR" pen and it may be a day or two until you can get your hands on another one.
Anyway, i couldn't find a pen. It got me thinking. Do you know how many PENS I have on my desk at home? Sometimes so many that I just gather them together and throw a bunch of the "not so pretty ones" out in the trash. I'd give anythng for one of them now, but it is not to be. (unless I i borrow someone else's pen and then I better be SURE I return it.)
The moral of this little reflection is that I realized today, that as an American, HOW MUCH I WASTE, and take for granted in my day to day luxurious American life................a lousy PEN...clean water, a flushing toilet, a NON- bumpy bumpy-pot holed studded road----(yes, friends, these roads are even worse than Boston) air conditioning, electricity when you need it..............on and on and on.
This trip is creating n my such a sense of GRATITUDE. I am so grateful for the little thngs that the things I once thought "important" ...are not so to me any more. I no longer "need" things....God provides for me what I need at the time I need it. Life has become much more "God" focused and much less ME focused.......
Thank you all for praying for our team......we are so GRATEFUL.... Judy Mattson
p.s. sorry for the typing errors