Last week was a really busy week, and I still haven’t recovered. So much for the weekend 🙁
When I got home from work last night, I had the chance to watch a Dateline episode on NBC. The story was entitled America Now: Friends and Neighbors, and focused on the toll our continuing recession is taking on poor, rural America. The show spotlighted Southeast Ohio, where visits to the local food pantry are up 30% in the last two years.
The only food one mother, who lived in her van with three kids, had been providing her small children was french fries. One man had worked 11 different jobs in the past five years, loosing one after another to financial collapses. As he tried to provide for his two teenage sons, he made the comment that if he was dead, at least they could collect his social security money.
It’s pretty safe to say that everyone reading this post right now is probably two or three paychecks away from disaster. If we, like countless others, lost our jobs or our health (or both), we would very quickly find ourselves in a very, very bad situation.
After watching that show, I feel so blessed with what I have. Even with the recession, most of us are still able to get by, generally doing ok. Not great, but getting by.
The thing is, there’s a massive number of people in the fight of their lives right now. We need to support them, both financially and prayerfully, as best we can. Find a way. Give a little or a lot. But give something, and try to make a difference. Do it quietly, behind the scenes. You will be blessed for your kindness.