At the end of October of 2013 Compassion Connect was privileged to host a banquet in honor of those who have contributed to the vision of Compassion Connect. It was a beautiful night, with candles, good food, and great company. As the group reflected on what they were thankful for, and how the Lord had blessed them, the once bare tree on stage sprang to life as garlands of leaves with ink on them laid gracefully on the branches. The leaves were covered with words spurred by the question, “What are you thankful for?” Grace, love, laughter, family, Compassion Connect, friends, a home, opportunities, sunshine, and numerous other words that symbolize the blessings that God has richly lavished on our lives transformed the bare branches. It was said that “from thanksgiving, comes life” and that was shown when the complete transformation of a tree, which almost looked dead, became radiantly beautiful within minutes.
Continue reading to hear exerts from an astonishing speech by Norene Owens employee of DHS Child Welfare.