Usually at this time of year our thoughts are focused on people or things for whom or which we are thankful. Today I’m sharing with you what a foster child in Oklahoma listed when asked what she wanted in a family. Here are her answers:
Things I want in my family:
- A clean safe house with running water and lights.
- Mom and Dad who don’t fight or hit on me.
- I want no drugs.
- Don’t kill my pets.
- Nice clean clothes and a coat.
- No lice or bugs in the house.
- A bed with covers.
- Don’t sell my toys.
- Treat me fair.
- Don’t get drunk.
- My own comb and soap and toothbrush.
- I want love.
This little girl’s list touches my heart with the reminder that not everyone in our country and world experiences the blessings of God in the same measure with which my family, and most likely yours as well, have been blessed.
The mental picture of this little girl also moves me to reach out in love, care, and concern to folks who can only dream of having the necessities of life, not to mention the luxuries many of us often take for granted.
As you prepare to observe Thanksgiving Day, remember what I strive to recall every day: We have been abundantly blessed by our gracious God … for a reason … to be a blessing! That’s why when someone asks me how I’m doing, my reply is almost always: “Super blessed!”
1. Everyone in a village decided to pray for rain. On the day of prayer all the people gathered, but only one boy came with an umbrella.
2. When you throw babies in the air, they laugh because they know you will catch them.
3. Every night we go to bed without any assurance of being alive the next morning, but still we set our alarm to wake up.
4. We plan big things for tomorrow in spite of zero knowledge of the future.
5. We see the world suffering, but still we get married and have children.
6. On an old man’s shirt was written the sentence: “I am not 80 years old; I am sweet 16 with 64 years of experience.”
7. When an election takes place in any organization, secular or ecclesiastical, there are winners and there are losers. The winners have difficulty representing those who voted for the losers, which makes it difficult for the organization to thrive. Yet in most cases it survives.
That’s POLITICAL REALITY.
8. Jesus loves me, this I know! For the Bible tells me so. Little ones to him belong; they are weak but he is strong.
God bless your day!
Today’s article could be titled something like: “Reformation, Halloween, All Saints, Mission of Christ Network, Mid-term National Elections, Zion Lutheran Church Walburg Wurstbraten, Legacy Deo Board of Directors, and Legacy Deo Sunday.” There are undoubtedly other special events this week but this list will suffice. I’ll simply call all those listed above “Special Events.”
Much could be said about each of these events and activities. They mean many things to many people. Some are related to Christian mission and ministry organizational operations. Others are fund raisers for charitable causes. Still others are related to civic or governmental entities and offices. Terry and/or I are involved in all of them. I imagine you have your own list as well.
At times I’m inclined to think that if I were to decide not to participate in any or all of these and the numerous other events and activities on my calendar, no one would miss my presence or involvement. Then I realize that if everyone felt that way, no one would show up or participate. Then the worthy causes would not be supported and their objectives would not be accomplished.
Would that be eternally consequential? Perhaps not on the surface. But digging a little deeper produces a reminder that all charitable or governmental causes should be designed to benefit the lives of people. The people who participate feel a sense of fulfillment at having done something meaningful for someone else. The people who benefit from the events in question are blessed in numerous ways, including physically, spiritually, emotionally, and eternally.
So during these days of significant festivals and endeavors, I hope you join me in thanking God for the opportunity to be involved in special events and worthy causes. And join me also in thanking God that those who benefit from these organizations and endeavors will be blessed by such special events and the people whose time and effort make them happen.