|photo by Peter Cade|
adapted from The Star Thrower
by Loren Eiseley
1907 – 1977
Once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.
One day, as he was walking along the shore, he looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day, and so, he walked faster to catch up.
As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, and that what he was doing was not dancing at all. The young man was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects, and throwing them into the ocean.
He came closer still and called out “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?”
The young man paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean.”
“I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?” asked the somewhat startled wise man.
To this, the young man replied, “The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them in, they’ll die.”
Upon hearing this, the wise man commented, “But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can’t possibly make a difference!”
At this, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish, and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he said, “I made a difference to that one!”
Sometimes we feel that we have such minimal impact that it is rarely worth the effort. Well, I am here to tell you that God takes every dime, every read, and every prayer and multiplies it to make a supernatural, life-changing, life-saving impact that we can only dream of. Think of one tiny stone in one big ocean. The ripples from that one small rock grow and grow and grow until they span the sea – it’s called the ripple effect. And so, I would like to send out a huge thank you to all of you who contributed prizes, donated, shared and blog. It means the world, and a family for Bennett. So without further ado,
THE WINNERS ARE….
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