This is the day we pause from our hectic lives to give thanks for all the things for which we are blessed. We all have been through periods in our lives when we struggled with day to day living and most fight back through dire circumstances to achieve the goals we have put in place for ourselves.
Over half a million Americans go homeless on a single night in the United States. About 35 percent (just under 200,000) are found sleeping unsheltered on our streets in places not intended for human habitation,such as sidewalks, parks, cars,or abandoned buildings. Meanwhile, over 350,000 sheltered homeless people are found in emergency shelters and transitional housing programs. Homelessness almost always involves people facing desperate situations and extreme hardship. They must make choices among very limited options, often in the context of extreme duress, substance abuse disorders, untreated mental illness, or unintended consequences from well-intentioned policies.
Of the over half million homeless many are mothers with children and our veterans of the military. It is sad to say that these people generally only come to mind during the holidays and don’t get the help they need the rest of the year. Many, many years ago I was homeless myself for a short periods of time so I do have an inkling of the experiences these people go through.
It is great for the donations to roll in during the holidays to help these people out, however we tend to put an insulated partition between ourselves and them. Spending time on the streets around the homeless shelters and talking to these people would give one a good idea what their lives are like.
I could go on about this topic, however my main intention is to bring these people to mind as we look at ourselves on this day and count the many blessings we have.
I pray daily mainly in thanksgiving for those things I have in my life – a home and large family who are equally blessed. In prayer folk tend to pray for those things they don’t have instead of a prayer of thanksgiving and praise. So, take time today when you are with your friends and family to think of these things. Keep your perspective when the Lions and Bears play this afternoon, it is sad though entertaining the Lions continue on with what they have in play to finish out the season.
Weather-wise our day will be clam compared to yesterday with temps near 40°. Our next system moves in tomorrow night with rain changing to snow Saturday – less than an inch is expected in most areas….
Happy Thanksgiving to all my bloggers out there!