Americans tend to get swallowed up in themselves. Food, toys, tv, cars, phones and data plans, and so much more engulf us quickly. Materialism is an epidemic. That is obvious by how crazy people get on Black Friday. Stores are even opening tonight, which we have heard called Greed Thursday. People can spend a day, or part of a day, in gratitude, and then just a few short hours later can literally run people over in the name of a good deal, and greed.
But there are major crises going on around the world right now. As much fun as gathering with friends and family, cooking, and parades are, the body of Christ cannot lose sight of what people are enduring outside of our kitchens and homes and stores. Don’t get me wrong, I will be the first to day people need to take time to be thankful. Gratitude is something that has also been lost in our American culture. I’m thankful people are thankful today.
But it seems crazy that there is a parade going on in New York City when just miles away are people who were devastated by Hurricane Sandy. What would happen if all the money that went into the parade and all the people standing around watching it went and helped those who were left homeless and hungry and cold?
What would happen if the church started to intentionally pray for the people in the Democratic Republic of Congo? So many are even oblivious to what is going on there right now. It is horrific. Read about it here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-20427682 I have dear friends who have been in the adoption process and are so close to bringing home their son, Tyson, from the DRC. They just await the final ok to jump on a plane and get him. He is in the city of Kinshasa, which is where the rebels are threatening to go next. Please join us in praying for Tyson and the people of the DRC. If you would like to financially help our friends be able to travel to the DRC, you can buy these wonderful ornaments. 100% of the proceeds go to their adoption of Tyson. http://www.adoptionisgood.com/?p=439
What if Gentiles reached out to the Jewish people? Israel has always been in turmoil. And since I traveled there with a team from Union in 2010 it has gained a special place in my heart. Recently, they have endured much. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20444499#TWEET384692
Part of my heart was left in Haiti when I went there after the earthquake. And it constantly astounds me how the poorest country in the world can be so very close to the richest country. This article talks about how Americans make up half of the richest 1% of the world: http://money.cnn.com/2012/01/04/news/economy/world_richest/index.htm
As we give thanks today for our lives of abundance, let us not forget to fall on our knees and offer these hurting people, these dire situations, these tragic events to the Lord. May we not forget the least of these.