Why Be Thankful?!
With all the suffering in the world today from the ravages of mega storms, earthquakes, loss of jobs and homes, economic crisis and financial losses, oppression and devastations from terrorism and war upon lives and property, plus sicknesses, diseases, etc., etc. “Why be thankful?!”
We just met an elderly gentleman who used to live in the Queens area in New York City that suffered heavy damages from Superstorm Sandy. He had a one way ticket here and arrived just before the storm hit his former home. After his friend could not board him any longer, he spent a night at the YMCA in Honolulu where we go to exercise. We saw him with his suitcase looking for someone to give him a ride to a homeless shelter. The folks at the shelter said they would provide him with temporary lodging and look for senior housing for him. We know little else about him other than he acknowledges God in his life and trusts the Lord to help him in his situation. After giving him a ‘small gift’, we left him in the company of many ‘down and out’ folks milling around IHS, the Institute of Human Services.
I believe God brought us together with this man because in our car we had a bag of recycled bath towels we had been carrying around for several days, intending to drop them off at the IHS.
“Why be thankful?!” If for nothing else, Robert, and this goes for everyone who is a believer in Jesus Christ, can appreciate this scripture:
Jesus said in Luke 10:20b,
“. . . rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.”
Posted on November 22, 2012, in Enduring Love, God Moments and tagged Being Thankful, Crisis and Loss, Devastation and Destruction, Down and Out, God loves us, homeless, Homeless Shelter, Houseless, Love One Another, Names written in heaven, Suffering and Oppressed. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.