Last Sunday we had a lovely Mother’s Day Outing, including a great dinner and a little shopping. All was well and we were grateful for each others company. I really did not think of those who have less than I or of those who were suffering on what should be a happy day.
Mary Jane and I have been delivering Meals on Wheels for a little over three years. Usually I do the driving and she goes up to the door with the meals. Today, however, I needed to assist her due to there being additional items to carry. When I saw the physical condition of some of the Meal Recipients I was saddened. Some with terribly swollen feet and legs…blackened skin. Others with Neuromuscular disorders…and yet so friendly and grateful for our bringing them their lunch.
During our visit to Edinburgh, Scotland, last July, we saw a comedian who’s show was based on his suffering from Depression. Some of the content was extremely dark. And, yet, I had an admiration for this gentleman…and his valiant battle to rage against the darkness.
I have known and been friends with many wonderful people…who have throughout their lives had very little material possessions. Not because they were lazy or unambitious…they were indeed hard workers. Many of these people are serious dedicated Christians.
We are taught, that if we care for our family…our children and our spouse…we are good people.
Is our nuclear family…our blood relatives…the only family that we need worry about?
“This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.” John 15:12 KJV
When we choose to shut our eyes to the suffering of our fellow human family members…in the secure knowledge…but for the grace of God go I…do we not realize that God has grace for the person that we are comparing ourselves to?
It seems that it is somewhat in our nature to compare our lot in life with those who are less fortunate?
God’s ‘Human Experiment’ goes by quickly…or as the Bible says…’My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle, and are spent without hope.’ Job 7:6 KJV
So we spend our days worrying about acquiring more money, although I read to day that, ‘money is numbers and numbers are infinite…thus we never have enough.’
Or, we Americans seek our right as outlined in the Declaration of Independence…for ‘The Pursuit of Happiness.’
A homeless woman shook my hand at church recently…and she looked at me and smiled…I felt peace and contentment…and happiness.