We live in the comfort of our homes with all our stuff and are constantly told from advertisers that we need more. I am grateful for all the gifts in my life and even my problems are luxurious. Should I get a new lap top, I’ll need a new car soon, where should my kids go to school, and should we go to Target or Costco? I may stress about these questions, but I know that I am very lucky. Perhaps I am overly sensitive right now because we are in the holiday season and being bombarded with ads and the pressure to buy gifts whether we need them or not. Movies are written and songs are sung about paying it forward, loving another, and forgiveness and yet, we can’t fix the ills of our society. However, we have figured out how to build bigger homes, visit more vacation spots, buy faster cars and more electronics and when we dine in restaurants, we are served more than we can consume. This happens all while so many go without.
I am imperfect and not as spiritually elevated as some of my friends. Still, this month I will donate food and clothes because I have more than enough. Maybe others will do the same. And maybe our leaders will be inspired to find the answer to helping those without homes, clothes and food.