Stemming the tide for a few

You may well have heard the story about the man who went for a walk down by the beach in Mexico.

The tide was going out. In the wake of the fast receding water, thousands of starfish had been stranded.

Under the hot sun, they were being baked to death and the man pondered the scene and thought what a pity it was that so many starfish would perish that day.

About to walk on, he saw a young boy on the beach, slowly working his way along the line of starfish.

“Hey there!” he called out. “What are you doing?”

“I’m helping them back into the water,” the boy replied, as he picked up a starfish and threw it into the sea.

“You can’t possibly make a difference to all these starfish,” called the man. “Just leave it, son. It’ll break your heart.”

The boy turned round and picked up another starfish. As he threw it into the sea, he said, “I bet it made a difference to that one.” Then he picked up another.

As we look at the issues affecting our world today, we can get so easily overwhelmed. We can choose to walk on by, or we can make a difference to a few.

Churches Together in North Shields run a drop-in for asylum seekers and refugees (new to the UK) and a free meal service for all who need it (Nite Bite).

It may not stem the tide of worldwide issues, but it most certainly makes a difference in the lives of those that we do reach.