But the reality is that while we are thankful for a good meal or being surrounded by family, someone in the world is overjoyed because they have clean water for the day, or a piece of bread to silence their growling stomach.
According to Action Against Hunger, 3.5 million children die every year from hunger. And the problem hits close to home, as well. Feeding America says that 48.1 million people, which includes 15.3 million children, live in homes that don’t have enough food.
That puts another spin on the prayer we’ll say as we sit down to our lavish Thanksgiving meals thanking God for our abundance, doesn’t it?
I’m not saying we shouldn’t be happy we have enough or because we’re able to celebrate this important day. God has blessed a great many of us living in America for sure, but for me and my family, we’ll be more mindful of those who would give anything just for one bite of food from our table.
The reason I’m so mindful this year is because I recently met a young family who has hit a rough spot, and they’re struggling. We’ve done all we can for them, but they are heavy on my mind as I sit down to the table today.
Lord, please provide for those who lack the basic things they need to sustain life today. Cause us all to remember those who are in trouble and remind us to be Your hands and feet.
I wish you and your family all His best today,