Although I am away from my computer tonight, I want to write about the joy I have when I get together with my family. We are very fortunate to have each other and enjoy our time together. I am sad when I think of some who are alone, afraid, sick and in need. I wish I could do more for them.
I have no children. My husband is deceased. I could be alone at this time of year. But my sister, my niece and her family embrace me and invite me to be a part of their celebration. I contribute by cooking my signature dish -- southern cornbread dressing and each year I hear "this is even better than last year." Today we had turkey cooked to perfection by Dave, husband of Lee, my niece. Broccoli casserole and squash casserole, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, and multiple desserts.
It is fun to see Will, my great nephew who is now in college and doing well. We are all very proud of him.
I have so much to be thankful for and I never forget it. When I see someone who has no family and no one who cares about him/her, I say, "There but for the grace of God go I."
That is why I don't want to judge anyone who is in need. I don't know what happened to them, but I have empathy for them. I hurt for them and offer what I can.
With all the money that is said will be spent this Christmas, I hope much will go to help the many who are in need--homeless for any reason, sick and hungry, cold and alone.
A country is not judged by how wealthy its citizens, but by how well it cares for those who are poor.
At this time the number of hungry children in the USA is higher than in years past, but we hear our economy is great. Churches are trying to feed the growing number of families that are in need.
What can we do? We can care and do whatever we can.