Life can be very trying at times. I know there are children who go to our public schools who are hungry every day. There are those who's bodies have been wracked with pain. There are those who have recently lost a loved one. There are those who do not know where they will sleep tonight. It's difficult to find something for which they can be thankful.
What's it like for you to experience your second year of unemployment, the decision to downsize or move because of economic stress? Were you afraid to ask for help? Were we too busy to offer help, or were we too insensitive?
Can we come alongside someone in the coming months and find something, no matter how small it is to help lighten their load? Maybe it will help them pause and be thankful.
It was quite a touching experience to tour the house of Anne Frank last year in Amsterdam. We all know the story of Anne Frank, who lived in hiding for over two years fearing discovery. Even during her difficult times, she quoted,
"I do not think of all the misery, but of the glory that remains. Go outside into the fields, nature and the sun, go out and seek happiness in yourself and in God. Think of the beauty that again and again discharges itself within and without you and be happy."
Proverbs 22: 9 states, "He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor." (KJV)
Our thoughts for the Thanksgiving season should extend all year long. Let's extend kindness to those we hold most dear and not neglect those that are in need right now in our own communities.
If you've been blessed with bounty, take that extra step and share it with someone else. Whatever your position in life, kindness is the most effective and long lasting gift you can give.