by Gray Graham
For a lot of people, to be thankful in 2010 is going to take a lot of work. Most have experienced times this year like they have never seen in their lives. There are people that have been unemployed for two years or more. Lost homes. Broken families. Ideas and dreams crushed.
I hear from so many people that feel they are being stepped on. It seems to them like those in power could care less about them. There are many people that have not been suffering as the rest of the world suffers, they have actually been doing better than they were before and have no problem letting everyone know.
Everyone is getting ready to buy a bunch of stuff they really do not need on Black Friday, while others go hungry with no place to sleep. What makes it different this year is that the people I am referring to are not some unknown homeless person at the local mission, instead it is your mother, father, sister, brother, relative, or neighbor. Someone you know very well. You may or may not know they are suffering, but chances are you have done very little to find out. You are too concerned with making sure that you are ok and they do not dampen your holiday spirit.
It is amazing to me that we live in a country that has no problem giving tax cuts to the wealthy and mega corporations, yet will not give a few pennies to those who have no money at all. Are these the American values that I hear people talk about so much?
From my point of view they are the real American values. The values of self before others. Now that is pretty amazing for a country of self professed Christians, but maybe that has a different meaning today too. Giving to others seems to the one thing we will never do be it 2010 or 2011.
With all of that said, there is still much for us to be thankful. We do live in a country where we are free to be ourselves and express our views. We have the freedom to worship how we want. In the end what can be better than that? So while we still breath we still have hope and that is the one thing that we all should be thankful.