Thankful heart

It’s true to say that you don’t miss something until it’s not there.  I am someone who has enjoyed robust good health all of my life.   Having never suffered a major illness or accident I count myself blessed.  So it was with great surprise and dismay that I found myself feeling very unwell a few days ago,  so unwell that I felt a trip to the doctors was necessary.    It was no comfort to know that I was indeed, unwell, in fact I had managed to contract pneumonia!










So this week I have been confined to the house, except for two trips to the doctors surgery and one to the local hospital for a chest Xray.    This has given me time and space to think, to ponder and to be thankful.

Thankful that in my little corner of the world here in Scotland we are blessed with free health care, well we pay for it in our taxes but  its free at the point of use.   So no matter how minor or serious my illness, or how little money I have,  I can access medical care and treatment at any time of the day or night if necessary.    In Scotland we don’t even pay for prescription medicines.   So two trips to the doc, an xray and antibiotics…. that’ll be ….. oooh let’s see! ….  No charge!!












Whatever the failings of our National Health Service   (and we know there are some)  it still means that whatever your circumstances you have access to health care whenever you need it.    What a blessing, especially when I think of the children we sponsor who live in countries where health care is not available unless you can pay, and illness often means a choice between medication or food.

Compassion provides health care for the children in the sponsorship programme can you imagine what a relief that must be to impoverished families to know that they will be cared for and treated if they are sick?    I cannot imagine how it must feel to see your child sick and not be able to afford treatment for them, it must be heartbreaking.

Compassion provides holistic care for the children they work with, here’s an excerpt from their website:  

“Compassion’s Child Sponsorship Programme is the heart of their ministry to children living in poverty. It aims to disciple, equip and enable children to develop into fulfilled and responsible adults.

The Child Sponsorship Programme is operated through a Child Development Centre which is run in partnership with a local church in the child’s community. Child sponsorship is a one-to-one relationship between a sponsor and a needy child living in desperate poverty in the developing world.

The faithful financial support of the individual sponsor equips the child for the future by providing for their core needs – spiritually, economically, physically, socially and emotionally.

Compassion’s Child Sponsorship Programme offers: educational opportunities, including literacy and life skills training; health care and health education; and, if required, supplemental nutrition. Children are also given opportunities to hear and respond to the gospel.

The unique structure of the one-to-one sponsorship model allows sponsors and sponsored children to have input into each other’s lives by writing letters, and through prayer. Many Compassion sponsors also take the opportunity to visit their sponsored child.”

There are so many children of all ages and in 26 countries around the world waiting for  sponsors today and for just 70p a day you can change the story for a child living in desperate poverty.   Click here to meet them.


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