In the United States, we have many multimillionaires even some billionaires living here in this great country. Conversely, we have an unfortunately large amount of people living at or below the poverty line. I’m sure the statistics are about the same in all non-third world countries.
And here we are…just celebrated Thanksgiving 2011. As I was eating my plate of turkey that was perfectly cooked, with gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes, I was wondering what those folks who are less fortunate were eating on this Thanksgiving for their dinner… or IF they were eating a dinner at all.
I am, by no means, “rich”, but we do all right…. smack-dab in the middle of the upper-middle class. I make a good living. I can provide for my wonderful family. We have two cars, (although my wife drives a company car). And we have a nice house in a nice neighborhood. So taking all that into consideration, and how lucky and thankful I am, I was just wondering how a man or woman who does not have a job, or a nice house or a car….who can barely scrounge up enough money to buy a loaf of bread and some peanut butter….can be thankful for what they have. I wonder if they get mad because of all they DON’T have. How can a very poor, poverty-stricken, jobless man be thankful?
Something to thing about, right?
Well, I don’t have an answer to this question. I can only hope that God holds them close to Him. Jesus did not tend to the rich, He reached out to the poor…and He also said “….the last shall be first.” I think He holds the poor folks in the palms of His hands, although its hard to imagine that with all the struggles they go through. I wonder if they feel blessed….but I think they are.
So I prayed my own little prayer at bedtime onThanksgiving night. It went sort of like this…
Dear God, I have so many things to be thankful for. You have blessed me with so many good things in life. And everything I have, everything I own, comes from You. Without You, there is no house, no car, no job. WIthout You, I have no intelligence for You have given me a good brain to use. Without You, I am nothing so I am very thankful for everything. I am so thankful because Jesus died for me and opened the gates to heaven. But also Lord, just as I am thankful for all the GOOD things You have given me, I am also thankful for all the not-so-good things you have sent my way. Yes, I thank You for those moments most of all because they bring me closer to you. You’ve provided me with a cross to bear on many occasions and I thank you because Jesus told us that to follow HIm, we must bear our cross daily. I thank You for the hardships and the struggles you have put in front of me. Although I did not know it at the time, and I may have hated You for what was happening to me. But You sent me opportunities to grow closer to You. And during those times, I probably cursed You and used Your Holy name in vain, I am sorry and I’ll try not to do that anymore. Please Lord, forgive me for my sins. Bring us all into Your Light and help all people, rich and poor, find their way to you and your Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ. Thank You. Amen. Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us.