Star Throwers

 
 

Everhome is based in San Diego, the city that has received more Syrian refugees than any other in the U.S.. These families have already had long painful journeys and many are not prepared for the new challenges they face here. 

Watching the news can be discouraging as we learn how great the needs in the world are. It seems hopeless, especially in Syria and we feel at a loss as to how to help. Against such monumental needs, we often don’t have the courage to begin. 

But consider the following oft-told story:

The old man walked along the shore and saw a child in the distance. The young boy walked toward him, pausing every few seconds to stoop and toss something into the water. Once close enough to be heard over the roaring waves, the man asked the boy what he was doing.

“Throwing starfish back into the ocean,” the boy replied. “A storm has left them on the beach where they will soon die in the sun.” 

The old man swept his arm along the wide expanse of shoreline littered by tens of thousands of the fragile sea creatures. His eyes were sad as he explained to the lad that he really couldn’t make much difference with his small efforts. Undeterred, the boy stooped again and gently lifted a small golden specimen.

“It makes a difference to this one, sir,” he said, and sent the bright star sailing into the sea.”

(Adapted from Loren Eiseley's 1969 essay, The Star Thrower) 

So we are trying to be “star throwers” in San Diego. Although the needs are great, and seemingly unending, we see we can make a difference for a few individuals and families. Thanks be to God!