Magic Happens

“Mira a la estrella. Solamente hay una estrella.” //“Look at the star. There is only one star.”

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This was the first sentence she said to me. And I had spent two days in her presence. I heard her say “ocho” a few times, soaked in innumerable smiles and observed the brightness in her eyes, but nothing more than a word was uttered before our last night in La Coroza. She tapped me on the shoulder during our church service, whispered that sentence to me, and my eyes filled with tears.

Her name is Isis. Isis means magic and that’s just what she is.

There’s a CS Lewis quote that goes, “Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for us to see.”

I truly believe that I witnessed a miracle that night.

I went to Christmas Eve service two years ago after working the holiday at the hospital and it was the first time I was ever alone on Christmas. It was hard not to feel isolated in a pew by myself, on a night when everyone was surrounded by their families.

The priest had the children sit in front of church and answer questions. One of the questions was, “Why was Jesus brought to us?”

One child stood up pretty immediately and said, “So that no one will ever feel alone. “

I immediately felt comforted and no longer alone in that pew. The child’s words were simultaneously innocent and wise; a true retelling of the same story that is written across the world in letters too large for us to see.

It is a story that shows us we are loved unconditionally; a story that says we are never alone.

Isis is living with Down Syndrome in an extremely impoverished village in Honduras. When I was down there in February, I watched in admiration as Isis walked into every room, sat herself down and observed the commotion surrounding her for hours during the eye clinic. Isis felt welcomed because Humanity and Hope pours unconditional love into the hearts of the people they work with in La Coroza, and a heart filled with unconditional love is an open, daring one.


Isis after bravely completing her eye exam with one of H&H’s volunteer optometrists

At the end of the Christmas Eve service, everyone in the room held a candle and sang “Silent Night.” I was brought to tears because the room was filled with so much light; it moved me to be in its presence. The brightness reminded me of the famous Star of Bethlehem that is spoken about so much during the Christmas season. A single star whose light led the way to a new beginning, a new hope, and a story of pure, unconditional love.

“Mira a la estrella. Solamente hay una estrella.” //“Look at the star. There is only one star.”

And what about “ocho”? The only other word I heard Isis utter. Eight is actually a powerful number in the Bible. According to many, the number eight in the Bible signifies resurrection and regeneration. It is the number of a new beginning. Since it comes after seven, which itself signifies an end to something, eight is associated with the beginning of a new era or that of a new order.

Miracles are the retelling of one story. One star. One love. And that one story is so powerful it is capable of creating new beginnings from seemingly hopeless circumstances.

Isis is magic.

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The moment I shared with Isis during the evening service brought me closer to my faith and my personal beliefs, but I don’t think this story is just for me to hold onto. It’s so much bigger than me. I truly believe it’s a story for everyone. No matter what your faith or your station in life, “many think differently, feel differently, seeking God or meeting God in different ways” but one thing we can all agree on is that the world’s story is ultimately meant to be read as a story of love.

“Each affects the other, and the other affects the next, and the world is full of stories, but the stories are all one.”

Humanity and Hope is an organization that focuses on loving people and listening to their stories. Period. That’s where the magic comes from.

Riley Fuller, the organization’s president and co-founder says it like this, “That’s why people, because we believe that magic can happen inside people. Magic can’t happen inside projects. Magic can’t happen inside inanimate objects. Love. Loving people is our end goal, and it’s just difficult to describe why unless you’ve seen the results.”

If you are in need of soaking up some hope right now or have some of your own to share, please watch and share this video below and consider donating or coming on a trip with Humanity and Hope. There’s magic out there–just look at the number the little girl is holding up 6 seconds into the video.. 😉

H&H-Loving People