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!”