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Another year comes to a close. The economy is fractured with many losing $$ in the stock market as well as other areas of investment. Although we mumble and grumble about our loses as we head to our daily jobs, a few things come to mind. There is so much more to be thankful for than grumble about.
This past Saturday, December 6, I had the opportunity to go to the Christmas under the Bridge in SA and volunteer. What I saw made my emotions run the whole gamut from heart-wrenching sadness for the children in sad family situations to joy as I watched other children with wonder in their eyes upon seeing Santa Clause. Christmas under the Bridge was put on by several organizations in the area. They fed, offered many different services and also gave many homeless new shoes, sleeping bags, blankets, clothes and toiletries. While not everyone was homeless and that was not a pre-requisite of being able to attend, many families that were down on their luck came out to take part in the festivities. I had to laugh at some of the kids seeing Santa for the first time… some cried their eyes out and others just had those wide-eyed stares at the strange man with the beard and red suit. The children really seemed to enjoy the time and I’m sure some of the parents were glad for the extras that they received.
Upon watching and observing most of the participants, I came to realize that some of them lost jobs for reasons that we cannot comprehend. Or then again we might. Some were remains of Ike, some were because of drugs and some were for skilled labor jobs being cut back. It’s the children that I can’t help but feel sorry for. They might not understand the seriousness of their plight, but you can see the worry in their eyes and expressions.
As we give thanks this season for the gifts in our own lives, let’s remember the not-so-fortunate and pray that they too will find peace in their lives.
What are you thankful for?