We have been on vacation at home in the States. It was really weird to just type that – on vacation at home in the US. But alas it is such a true statement. We have been enjoying being back on US soil! Yesterday the boys even got to go sledding and enjoy beautifully white, clean snow!!!!
Being in the US has been and is great and much needed for our spirits! Yet I am troubled by all the news I see and read. I don’t want to turn this into a political post, but I do want to share a few of my moral and ethical thoughts. We as American’s have such an amazing lifestyle that we take for granted everyday. We should be thankful that we have freedom of religion, free speech, a right to vote, etc. So many people in the world do not share or enjoy the many freedoms that we are so fortunate to have access to.
I currently live in a communist country where media, internet, and news sources are very censored and controlled. A country where people do not enjoy the same rights and freedoms we hold so near and dear. A country where almost all women give birth by C-section, abortions (wanted or unwanted) are extremely prevalent, and there is no freedom of religion – but rather an atheist society – where mannerisms toward others and the environment leave much to be desired.
My point is we are fortunate. So whether you are liberal or conservative, republican or democratic….know that you could have it much worse. Be thankful for people in your life that show compassion to you and to one another and strive to show compassion to others in your daily lives. Count your blessings and be grateful you you have something to be thankful for. No matter what tomorrow brings or next week, or next month, or even next year there is still hope and there is still God. Hope for each of us, hope for our country. Remember the power of faith in God, God’s love and providence in the world, and the power of prayer! God bless you and may you be filled with God’s grace!