Thursday, April 9, 2009
Let’s count our blessings
In these days of people losing their jobs, having their houses lost to foreclosure, going to the food bank when they never did before, having to live in shelters, seeing their lives shattered, there are still things to be thankful for.
We live in a wonderfully civilized country with clean water, reliable gas and electric service, daily mail delivery, grocery stores with abundant food choices, beautiful countryside with lovely blooming trees and flowers, and a mostly peaceful existence.
Certainly we have crime in the cities and now in smaller towns but it only touches an unfortunate few of us. The druggies are proliferating at an alarming rate but our law enforcement seems to be rounding up a good many of these evil people. And taxes are a burden but do pay for our street repair, sewer repair and various infrastructure upkeep that we never think about and do very much need.
How would you like to live in Darfur under a repressive government, where you maybe had a handful of food a day, watched your children die of starvation, had no job to earn money to feed them? Or how about Haiti, the poorest and most starved nation on earth? These people live under a repressive regime and aren’t allowed to grow enough food to sustain themselves, gradually dying from lack of food and medicine.
Have you ever been really hungry - stomach-cramping, about-to-faint hunger which lasts for days and days? Have you watched your children’s bellies swell up from malnutrition while their arms and legs look like sticks, their faces look like a living skeleton, while flies feast on their faces and bodies?
Even if you are out of work for months, can’t feed your family, have lost your house or apartment, you still have a safety net of your community, friends, and family. Our food banks badly need supplies but they can help as many people as possible.
What we still have is a civilized country, a clean environment, paved streets, trees and grass, decent housing, however humble, and a community that cares about you.
What we don’t have is a dusty, unproductive land that produces no food for a desperate population ravaged by many diseases, moving from place to place trying to find a place to live, beaten down by cruel men who have no soul and who delight in killing their populace in many ways.
These times are very hard for many people but just be thankful that we live in a fruitful land where civilization reigns, that someone or some organization will help us and we will not live like Darfur and other starving countries which cannot imagine the blessings we take for granted.
Look around you at your lovely houses, churches, trees, and think of your local government which is stable and keeps us safe, as does our state and federal government.
The impoverished countries don’t have these things and cannot even imagine these things.
We live in the richest nation on earth, in people and natural resources. Be thankful for every little thing you have and thank God we live in America! We are so very and abundantly blessed!
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