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Coco Calling: No. 64 - The Lottery of Life?

The random thoughts of a Christian parrot

You know, Life can seem like one giant lottery for both humans and parrots alike. If “luck” is on your side, then you end up with a nice owner, or a nice home in some Amazonian tree that doesn’t get chopped down. You avoid illness and accidents. You are born or hatched out in a territory where food and water are abundant. You find a loving partner who stays with you all through your life. But if so-called “luck” is against you, then all kinds of unfortunate things can occur.

Of course, we can all help to make our own “luck” by living out our lives sensibly and by avoiding unnecessary risk. But that isn’t the whole story. Why are some humans born into terrible poverty? Why do natural disasters usually hit the poorest humans or rarest creatures in the world, rather than those that are living abundantly? And why should one child become seriously ill while their sibling stays healthy?

When I get to Heaven, I will have so many questions to ask about the way our world operates. Especially about its apparent unfairness. Of course, the world in which Jesus walked was just as unfair as our present one. Full of “the haves” and “the have nots,” the healthy and the sick. Jesus never really explained to us why our world is like it is, but He certainly showed us how we should live out our lives to help others less fortunate than ourselves.

I am friends with a human granny who has two grandchildren, -Isaac and Max. She sent me this nice photograph of them. Isaac, the older brother, is bright, happy, and at the age of four, beginning to discover life. And yet he’s just been diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy. I’m attaching a photo of him with his younger brother, Max.

I guess we will never fully understand why such things happen to four-year olds and their families. We might not be able to stop it happening. But, following the example of Jesus, we can stop and pray for all of the Isaacs of this world. And maybe a few of us would like to support his granny who is currently raising funds for research into Muscular Dystrophy. If you’re interested, you can find out more about this on:

The Bible says a lot about us helping one another:

“Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2

“Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.” Proverbs 3:27

“Dear Friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Whoever loves is a child of God and knows God.” 1John 4:7

A simple prayer, a helping hand or a donation, -whatever, -let’s see if we can help someone, somewhere today……..

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