“Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it.”
Without a doubt, one of the great joys of my Make-A-Wish Hope Tour was the opportunity I had to discover the world. I discovered more about the world of childhood cancer, about the patients, those who take care of them, about childhood cancer research, and about our healthcare facilities. I discovered new friends. Traveling by car, and seeing this country we live in, was a breathtaking education in itself! When Linda, my INCREDIBLE Make-A-Wish coordinator, told us that they would have to “put” us somewhere between Salt Lake City and Phoenix over a weekend, I had no clue that the place she would “put” us would be the Grand Canyon!
After a very long day of driving through sight after sight that drew our gasps, we approached the Eastern entrance of the Grand Canyon near the time of sunset. We had been driving through Navajo Land, and the circular huts we kept seeing had piqued my interest enough to Google them. (Yes, Google them!)
We pulled over at the very first look-out point after we entered the park, Desert View. No words or pictures, or anything Earthly could have prepared me for my first view of the Canyon. Rather than try unsuccessfully to re-capture my thoughts and feelings at the time…
We cried. Mom and I cried. We cried tears of joy for this place of unspeakable beauty before us. We cried tears of joy for life. We cried tears of joy for the love we have for each other. God’s presence and His love were overwhelming. Overwhelming.
Thank you again, Make-A-Wish, for giving me the opportunity to discover the world. I promise to give all my heart to it.
From PA2 Events for September National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month...