I just finished reading an interesting article in today’s edition of USA Today (November 27, 2015). It was titled, “Be thankful for what many don’t have” and was written by Alan Gomez. Continue reading . . .
I just finished reading an interesting article in today’s edition of USA Today (November 27, 2015). It was titled, “Be thankful for what many don’t have” and was written by Alan Gomez.
Gomez reminds us of the incredible blessings we have merely by living in the United States: “There has never been a more appropriate time to be thankful for what so many is a luxury.” He’s right. He then mentions that nearly 60 million people around the world are on the run, fleeing wars and persecution while we sit with friends and family in warm homes eating until we literally can’t eat anymore.
He acknowledges that things are far from perfect in the U.S., and proceeds to mention a few of the problems we face here at home. “Yet no matter how bad things may seem, it could be far worse.” For example,
“You could be living in the largest refugee camp in the world, a massive complex around Dadaab, Kenya, where more than 320,000 refugees have settled after fleeing the decades-long civil war in Somalia and famine throughout eastern Africa.”
“You could be one of millions of Syrians fleeing their country’s devastating civil war, making life-threatening journeys across the Mediterranean only to find you’re not welcome in many European countries – or in the USA – because of fears that terrorists are in your midst.”
“You could be running from gang violence fueled by drug cartels in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador that has been so severe that those three countries rank in the top six of the world’s highes