I’ve been sharing this week that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and reminding us all of the fact that we have so much to be thankful for.
We’ve looked at the gifts of Salvation & Eternal Life and how much we have been given in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Yesterday, I shared my appreciation for family, friends, church family, and my online community of readers and bloggers.
While I do love living life with a daily attitude of appreciation for these incredible blessings in my life, I never want to take for granted some of the blessings we consider to be smaller and simpler. Yet to those who lack them they are everything.
I am talking, of course, about food, clothing, and shelter. Do we take the time each day, not only to appreciate them, but to thank God for them?
Ironically, as I type this it has been a difficult day dealing with the challenges of our one working vehicle being down. We’ve faced several obstacles and more than our fair share of stress.
We are so incredibly blessed!
According to this site…
At least 80% of humanity lives on less than $10 a day.
According to UNICEF, 22,000 children die each day due to poverty.
Some 1.1 billion people in developing countries have inadequate access to water, and 2.6 billion lack basic sanitation.
For the 1.9 billion children from the developing world, there are 640 million without adequate shelter (1 in 3).
I could go on, but I won’t.
After all, we’re supposed to be celebrating, right? We don’t want to hear all of these depressing statistics.
And yet, those statistics are people.
As the snow blankets the ground and the temperatures continue to drop, I cannot help but think of those who will face another cold winter without heat and adequate shelter.
As I plan my Thanksgiving menu, I cannot help but think of those whose stomachs growl endlessly.
As I complain about the loads of laundry awaiting my attention, I think of those who lack something that has become a chore to me.
This year, as we sit around the table with cherished friends and family, eating our fill and counting our blessings, let us remember those whose blessings are much fewer in number.
Let us allow our hearts to break for them.
Let us lift our voices in prayer for them.
Because what you and I would call the basics would be counted as blessings by those who live without them. Let us resolve to count them as blessings as well.
“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Jesus Christ.” ~Philippians 4:19 (NKJV)
If you are moved to give out of your abundance, here are some of my favorite charities to consider:
And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to Me.’ ~Matthew 25:40