Monday, December 13, 2010

I made a difference to that one

Early one morning a boy was walking along a beach. Hundreds of starfish lay stranded on the shore, having been washed onto the sands the night before by a storm. As he walked, the little boy would pick up a starfish at random and throw it back into the sea. An old man came down the beach, walking in the other direction. He asked the little boy what he was doing. "I'm saving starfish," he answered. "Young man, don't waste your time. There's no way that you can make a difference for all these starfish," the man said. The little boy leaned down, picked up one more, and threw it back into the sea. He looked the man in the eye and said, "I made a difference to that one."-adapted from the story by Loren Eiseley

Today is the one year anniversary of our first meeting with my daughter Adanech Alaro Steward. You may think I am talking about her being a starfish and us throwing her a lifeline. I can tell you this that having her in my life has every day increased my joy. Every day I start fresh with the wonderful family God has entrusted to me. They throw me back into the ocean each day. Thank you God for making a difference to this one!


  1. God alone is glorified by this. The rest of us are blessed by it. Love you all!

  2. I love your twist on the starfish analogy! I completely agree with you! It's so hard to believe it's been a year already. Thank you again for the time you spent with our Bear at HH. I look at the photos and smile. May God continue to bless your sweet family!