Thanksgiving 2017, A Time for Faith and Renewal
It’s November and Thanksgiving will soon be here. There’s a flurry of shopping and everyone is busy making preparations. Anticipation of the coming festive season fills the air. Airports are filled with holiday travelers. Yet, despite all this hustle and bustle this year things seem different. Here in Michigan, and other states, were spared from hurricane Irma. It’s hard to imagine a storm that began its creation in the Sahara Desert, took months to develop and then becomes something so destructive it leaves only devastation in its wake. Florida and the Caribbean were its target. Mexico was hit by an earthquake that will take a long time to recover from. It seems like every day we learn of another happening someplace else. Whether it is a natural disaster or a manmade crisis. The news is rather low-key on these issues but we are still surrounded by them. While everyone is out shopping for that “BIG” bird other folks may have to settle for hot dogs or stand in line at a soup kitchen.
Here at home in the “D” we are experiencing another kind of “destruction” – it’s called poverty. On going despite the huge cash flow I see being brought in by new apartments, retail, restaurants and the new sports arena. Where all this revenue is going I have no idea. Everyday it’s something else. People on a fixed income, our senior population and the homeless manage to survive. These are the people who built Detroit and have stayed here through thick and thin when others gave up and left. Thanksgiving and the holidays may not be lavish for them but it’s treasured more and the memories remain.
My article, the last for this year, is really down home America. The way things are and need to be considered. I would like to share a small paragraph I found in my church bulletin. “Man takes control of everything, he believes he is God. He believes he is king. And wars… they do not exactly help to sow the seed life but to destroy. It is an industry of destruction. It is also a system, also of life, that when things cannot be fixed they are discarded; we discard children, we discard the old, we discard unemployed youth. This devastation has created the culture of waste….
Two key ingredients for hope in the future 2018 – FAITH and Perseverance.
I wish everyone a very Blessed holiday season and a coming year filled with happiness. Thank you.
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