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This was a beautiful statement...
"There is a lesson here that possessions, careers and carefully landscaped properties do not bring happiness. It is something that comes from within."
I remember once when my shoes were falling apart...those soles were flapping with each step that I took. I remember even more though the look of pain on my mothers face when she told me that I would have to wear them another couple of weeks...until payday.
I never really knew how poor that we were...all of our neighbors were just like us.
Remember that old saying...didn't have a pot to piss in??? LOL
I remember...life was good!
We weren't poor. We were just what we though were an 'average' American family. Working parents, a home of our own, and dinner together every night. It wasn't exciting by most standards, but it was a wonderful time for me. I don't think I ever thought about people who were doing without until I was grown and saw things I never saw while I was growing up. There was always enough food. There were always clothes and shoes. There was always something special for holidays.
The first real experience I had with people who were doing without food was when I came home from the hospital after that really bad accident and had to have someone stay with me to take care of me and the children. I got to know her and found that she and her husband only ate one meal a day so their children would have enough food. It broke my heart. Every day after that I told her to have her husband come for lunch with her at our house. It was all I could do for her at the time, and it seemed so little.
I still have a real hard time with hunger. I will feed anyone. While my son was in the hospital after his accident this year, one of my friends came to visit and I was standing in line at the McDonald's by the parking lot. It was 2 in the afternoon and he asked me if I was just getting lunch. I told him I was getting a hamburger for someone else. He just shook his head and told me that I shouldn't be buying food for 'those' people, they were just bumming and would go home with a pocket full of money.
I may be wrong, Annie, but I think there are good lessons in Jesus' teachings. Love others. Love those people who are begging for food and will wait outside McDonald's for a hamburger. We never know. It may be the only meal they get that day. If not, then we have done what our hearts led us to do.
Now the people bumming money for cigarettes? I can easily say NO to them.