I pause in front of my kitchen window, spring daylight pouring in. Birds chirping happily at the feeder. The backyard sandbox awaiting my grandkids. I stand and peacefully enjoy the scenes from this one of many windows I have throughout my house. Such a simple thing-a pane of glass, some wooden trim.
So easily taken for granted.
I don’t recall the last time I gave thanks for windows.
But this week I read a heartbreaking story of a young woman who had been trafficked at the age of 14. Sold, taken to another country, she ended up a “bride” to a man who kept her in a windowless room.
Four walls contained her.
No visual escape.
No natural light streaming in.
No connection with an outside world, not even with her eyes.
Locked in darkness.
I know that the most tragic detail of her story is not a room without windows. And I am so grateful that this is also not her story now.
She has been rescued and is living in LIGHT, thanks to the Starfish Project. (https://starfishproject.com/)
It is a joy for Mercy Market to partner with Starfish and support the incredible work they are doing for this young woman and many more like her.
But in addition to feeling joy today, I look out my window and feel humbled.
Why did I get to have a home, indeed a life, filled with so much light! Why did you? Would you take a moment to stop reading this and look out a nearby window? As you do, give thanks for this very ordinary, very extraordinary gift of windows.
And then consider what you could do to give light to women enshrouded in darkness.
Your purchase of products through Starfish or Mercy Market can be a window through which freedom and healing can come streaming through.
Click the link above to go directly to Starfish Project and this one to shop with us: https://mercymarket.org/shop/