Reaching Beyond Rejection

dsc_0526Our daughter Julie and her family made their annual visit to the National Pediatric Institute in Mexico City where our grandson Danny experienced his transition to heaven three years ago. The family set up two eight-foot tables and handed out 200 sandwiches, 40 liters of lemonade and 400 evangelistic fliers to parents, grandparents, and other relatives of the hospitalized children. Julie wrote on her blog that evening of ten-year-old Ana’s reflections on her participation in the event.

“Mom, the people today were afraid of being rejected. So when they would come up to the table, I would reach out toward them with the sandwich. Then they would take the sandwich and say, ‘thank you,’ and I would say, ‘No, THANK YOU!’”

Ana joined the family at birth. Her birth mother lived in “Cardboard City” where the dwellings are made out of any discarded materials. She had too many children already and didn’t want the child she was carrying. A social worker connected her with Julie and Victor, and so from her birth day Ana was part of the Zaragoza family. Julie even breastfed her along with nine month old biological daughter Ruth!

Although Ana has been a loving part of the Zaragoza family since birth she has had to grapple with, as many adopted children do (including the other 14 adopted children in the family), why her birth mother didn’t keep her. That day, when handing out sandwiches, Ana was dealing with her own struggles with rejection by helping others overcome their fear of rejection!

When we keep focusing on our own hurt it never seems to heal but continues to fester. Ana, at the young age of ten, is already learning that the way you overcome a hurt and heal it in your own life is by helping someone else deal with the hurt in their life!

“…encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone.” (1 Thessalonians 5:14)

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