"We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love. There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread but there are many more dying for a little love." -- Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta
For some reason, I thought of this quote from Mother Teresa when I began pondering this post for Valery.
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We have all felt loneliness in our lives from time to time, but it is unlikely that anyone reading this post has truly ever been completely alone in life and felt that kind of profound existential isolation. No mother, no father, no siblings, no neighbors, no friends. Just existing, with no one to truly love, or who truly loves you back (save God Himself).
Valery just had her sixth birthday, on September 27. I actually started typing out the words "celebrated her sixth birthday", but then I realized that there was no celebration, and perhaps no acknowledgement at all. She was not even celebrated on the day she was born. Her entire life has been one of loneliness.
Here is what we know of Valery, from her profile:
Valery was born with CP and spina bifida. She has significant strabismus and “progressive hydrocephaly”. She is not able to walk, and is significantly delayed in all aspects. But she is still beautiful and deserving and can truly thrive in a loving family, with access to adequate medical care and nutrition. Valery will remain bedridden for life, and will likely not survive the transfer to the institution. Won’t someone consider being her “forever family”? More photos available, please inquire.
She has $4600 sitting in her adoption fund, waiting for a mama and daddy to use, to come and get her before it's too late. Older parents and large families are eligible.
Please, let's end Valery's loneliness and let her know true love. Pray for her, share her face and name, and perhaps consider taking her into your own home.
"I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love." -- Blessed Mother Teresa