Winds of Change

Alison H. (Creative Commons)

During this time of transition in my life, in order to maintain my budget, I don’t have a subscription to The Washington Post. That may not sound like a big deal to many of you, but for me, growing up in the Washington DC Metro area, access to The Post has always been a part of my existence (except for two years when I lived in Appalachia). In reality, denying myself this accommodation isn’t really a big deal – nothing life or death. But when I do get my hands on a paper I devour it. Sure, there’s always the online version, but let’s be honest, it’s just not the same as opening up a paper copy on the breakfast table!

So, today I received a care-package from one of my sisters, and in it was a stack of this week’s Post … SCORE! Thursday’s weekly Local Living section is one of my favorites, and this edition had a wonderful article, written by Holly Hobbs, titled, A Teen’s Hope Floats across Borders. Before diving into the article my assumption was that this child traveled from our area down to the Mexican border and somehow sent messages from “our” side to “their’s.” Perhaps messages of hope, messages of peace, messages of compassion.  Messages sharing the news that the people living across the border are remembered, not forgotten.

I was wrong, the border was not Mexican, but Korean. The article is about 15-year-old Charlotte Heffelmire, who while standing in South Korea, sends up helium balloons into the wind.  Attached to the balloons are messages of, yes, peace and hope, specifically to “Stay Strong.” Attached to the helium balloon is also a single dollar in the hope it can be used to help those suffering in North Korea. Charlotte’s charity, “Winds of Change,” is hopefully making some small difference in the lives of those she touches, and as one of her teachers said, “those small acts of charity add up.” Way to go, Charlotte!

Charlotte inspires me. “Winds of Change” inspires me. And I think this blog post begs the question – if we were to send up messages to others – to whom would we send them and what would our message be?

One message I would like to send the world over is that when we love and serve others, we receive more than we will ever give.  What we receive in return is tenfold including God’s grace, a sense of purpose in life, a sense of peace and a sense that the world can be a place where Christ’s love can, should and must be modeled everywhere.

What message would you send and to whom would you send it? If you feel called to do so, please share your message with us as a comment below.  I’m guessing what you share will inspire others. Thanks in advance.

Peace and love,




  • Eric Heffelmire says:

    I’m Charlotte’s dad – thanks much for the kind words!

    • Chuck says:

      Dear Eric, Thank you for sending this message and for raising such a fine daughter; I know Charlotte makes you proud.
      Charlotte’s example inspired me and I know countless others. You and your family are in my prayers. Peace, chuck.

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