In just a few hours, Exodus will have strips of skin removed from her legs & re-attached to her jaw & neck. She represents the first of many children who will get help through Rooftop 519.
I talked with her host mom yesterday. Glory told me that Exodus is scared and restless… things we would expect from a teenager who was horrifically burned. I’ve never been faced with a challenge so great… traveling half way around the world, living with strangers, trusting doctors with medicine that is lightyears beyond what is available in Liberia.
Today is a day of prayer. I’m praying not only for Exodus’s speedy recovery, but for her emotional and spiritual journey. If I could see the world through this 13 year-old’s eyes, I would be overwhelmed. I’m praying for God’s peace to be with her. I recently stumbled upon St. Francis of Assisi’s prayer, which goes like this:
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.
That is my prayer for today. I’m also meditating on John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”
Pray for Exodus.