Sometimes we forget to be grateful, fail to recognise how very blessed we are to sleep in a bed with a roof over our head, a table laden with food, cupboards bulging at the seams and a freezer stuffed full of extra provisions as well.
Sometimes we forget to thank God for daily graces, to see how wonderfully He provides for all our needs and how blessed we truly are in every conceivable way, even to simply wake up and breathe each day.
Sometimes news headlines and the constant media bombardment on our screens wash over us with lethargic indifference, fail to capture our attention or engender a compassionate response within—so inured can we become to a world’s distress, poverty and duress.
Then sometimes we STOP. Stop and put ourselves within another’s shoes, think about the people behind the news events, pause to ponder their predicament, examine their lives via our imagination and wonder what we can do to help them.
If we do, we might just see how much our Saviour loves and aches for them, become caught up with His heart in prayer, in care and compassion, in being living examples of His love and grace in action, and maybe in writing a poem about their plight…
What do we know?
What do we know of empty, distended bellies
bereft of sustenance, where choice is an unheard
of word and survival is the name of the game; where life
itself hangs by a slender thread and starvation
haunts each waking moment like a skeletal spectre
rattling its chains and calling your name?
What do we know of owning just one set of clothes to drape
across our diminishing frame; one pot in which to cook
a few dry grains, if we’re one of the lucky ones with
something at hand to eat today, instead of foraging,
walking miles with weary tread to gather a handful
of flowers—mere weeds to water our thirsty bodies?
What do we know of watching our children shrinking
before our very eyes, becoming wasted, emaciated, aged
way before their time, lying still with barely enough energy
to play or cry, their voices weak and eyes now clouded,
sad, pleading, bleak—breaking our own aching hearts
while we cradle them close, watching them suffer and die?
“Then these ‘sheep’ are going to say, ‘Master, what are you taking about? When did we ever see you hungry and feed you, thirsty and give you a drink? And when did we ever see you sick or in prison and come to you? Then the King will say, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me—you did it to me'” ~ Matthew 25: 37-40 The Message