While reading the "Addy" books
from American Girl, we learned about
Quill Pens and Ink.
Grace had the opportunity to try
one out. It was fun, but it's much
harder to write with than
the pens we use today!
People in times past would also not
even think about wasting a piece
of paper. And just think about all of the
things we waste today! Things
that are really of little value,
but would have been valued in times past.
Addy wrote carefully, so she would not
waste precious paper that her family
could barely afford.
I wonder if maybe we take too
much for granted now.
Addy and her mother did not have
a lamp - and were saving for one.
However, they gave their savings to
the freed man's fund to help
slaves who had just been freed
to get established.
They gave up a lamp.
A very basic NEED. Addy needed
the light to do her homework
and he Mother needed the light
to sew, to support the two
Yet - they agreed to do without
so someone else could
have a better life.
What could we do without so
someone else can have a
I am all for enjoying the fruits of
our labor, and often people with
less, labor less - or less hard.
But - we do need to remember those
who are in situations they
People who are facing tough times,
and who have real NEEDS.
May God help us discern who He
would like us to reach out to
when the time is right.