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Soaring Through Barriers

by: Nanette G. Barzaga

 

…Heal the world, make it a better place
For you and for me and the entire human race
There are people dying, If you care enough for the living
Make a better place for you and for me…

“Heal the World” is a song from Michael Jackson‘s hit album, Dangerous, released in 1991. The music video features children living in countries suffering from unrest, especially Burundi.   Michael Jackson said “Heal the World” is the song he was most proud to have created. He also created the Heal the World Foundation, a charitable organization which was designed to improve the lives of children. The organization was also meant to teach children how to help others.  The purpose of the charity was to provide children with medicine and fight world hunger and homelessness, child exploitation and abuse. However in 2002 the foundation was suspended due to financial controversies though it has helped children all over the world during the time of its existence.

Facing reality, the plight of children is merely a portion of the problem of the world today.  We are bound to fight the unprecedented set of problems relating to the environment; calamities and destructions, global financial crisis, political, world military spending  and spiritual decline to name a few.  Will the cry to heal the world be just forever be a famous song?

With an untarnished intent Michael Jackson was able to pursue his mission of helping. He started with an intention to help, a desire to heal the world.  With a problem bigger than how we imagined it to be, helping seem to be impossible.  HELP and HEAL are two important words, to heal is to restore while to help is to relieve, both lead to  the implication of their special significance which is to change for the better and to return to original purity and integrity.  The two reciprocates each other: healing results to helping and helping results to healing.

The desire to heal and help will always begin within us.  If we look into the present world situation we may find ourselves disappointed and full of disgraceful fear, we may think that what we can do seem to be futile, we ended up hiding behind our fears and not doing anything, yet when we realized that our simple acts of charity, generosity and simply extending our hands to the needy will do wonders.

How many times when you feel that inner pain when you see children in the streets hungry and sick, or that old lady asking for a few coins, and seeing calamity victims on the television crying and asking for help?  All of us have that innate feeling to help, but have we made that first step needed to soar through the barriers?

Helping yields to healing. We can soar through the barriers by making our intentions to help a reality. An inspiring act my friend did just recently made me realize that we all need that first step.  She gave P20 to a child who seem not to have any,  P100 to an aging mother  in the jeep, P50 to a budding applicant for a skilled job and  some snacks to whoever she feels like needing them.  Amazingly, she is not rich to do such. She is just an average earning-single mom, and most of the times she shares about the hardship of  meeting her family’s needs, yet she is joyful of what she did.

If we look into the problems of the world, we will surely just be dust in a thick wall, what can we do?  Little events, ordinary things, pure intentions, love and understanding  imbued with a different  meaning will eventually  start a new story.  Soaring  through the barriers will not be easy,  if we move forward through whatever bigger than what we are facing, begin small, soar lightly, we will travel into the field of helping and healing without constraints.

Let us always be inspired by  Matthew 25:35-40  which says  35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me. Food, water, clothes or a warm welcome, help to the needy, simple things done to the least of our brothers and sisters will truly be appreciated by the Lord.  We did it to Him.

And the dream we were conceived in will reveal a joyful face,

and world we once believed in will shine again in grace……….

The song talks about the future that it foresees, a world that shines again in grace.  soaring  through the barriers,  maybe difficult but Isaiah 41:10  declares  “fear not, for I am with you;  be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you,  I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” What holds us back from soaring through the barriers? Let us go on and do what we can to help heal the world in our own little way.  Remember that it is the power and strength from God that carry us on. Be encouraged, be excited! HELP and HEAL, HEAL and HELP.