I have felt so connected to this song in particular. I love little children. I absolutely have such tender feelings for them. It was on a night that I was really dealing with some personal discouragement and frustration that the lyrics and music came for this song.
I sat down in front of the television that night, and I stopped on a scene that will forever be engraved into my soul. It was a documentary about orphans in Africa. As I got to this channel, I was so overwhelmed as I watched this scene unfold. The man that was doing the documentary told the story of the two children that he was focusing on. These children had lost their mother to AIDS and their father had abandoned them years earlier. There was a 5 year old little girl and a two year old little boy. I arrived at the channel just as the man was telling us of how this little girl, who is now the “mom” to the baby boy, tucked the toddler into his garbage sack or bag of some kind. She was so tender about it. It was amazing to see her tenderly stroking the boy’s head as he lay on the dirt with this bag covering him like a blanket. She then laid down by him and cuddled up to him in the night air. She was living under some kind of make-shift shelter next to the garbage dump.
In the morning the camera crew followed the two children. The little boy was sick and his stomach was bloated. She softly took his little hand and talked to him. She then led him to the top of a garbage heap that they were living next to, found a little piece of corn that was old and had bugs on it. She carefully wiped it on her own clothes to clean it off and then handed it to him to eat. She was so kind to him and again stroked his little head as he ate it, as to comfort him. I watched in absolute horror. My eyes could not hold back the tears.
I too had a little 5 year old girl and a 2 year old little boy at the time. I couldn’t imagine how this could be happening. So, I resolved to start in my own little way. I got on my knees and prayed for help to do something to help these little children.
Going on feelings alone I made a plan. I called and donated some money to the relief organization. Felt like the right thing to do in the short term. I figured that I just needed to do my part. As an Osmond you have to sing or “get out”… so a song seemed like a good place to start as well.
I made a list of what I really wanted and then it turned in to a song.
The list went like this:
“Loving Arms around these little ones. A warm embrace to comfort them. The simple Gift of food. God’s Good Grace to be evident in their lives. No more sadness and only a bright future. May these little children find light when things are dark.”
I have a neighbor that spends most of her time in Africa. She is the founder of “Mother’s Without Boarders.” She is committing her whole life to taking in orphans and loving them and blessing them with that list of mine above. I presented this song to her the other day. She just sat there and wept. She lives this song! I hope if you get a minute that you will take a look at there website www.motherswithoutborders.org and see what an amazing impact she is having. She is worth supporting!
I ask you to look inside and DO something right now to bless the life of a child. Is there any greater way to thank our God than to feed one of his little lambs and protect the innocent?