Headlines that I read in the news last week troubled me.
According to Census Bureau data nearly half of the citizens in our country live below the poverty line or are classified as “low income households.”
That is about 150 million people.
Half of the population of our country.
And, here I sit getting ready for Christmas.
With not just enough, but more than enough.
True, I try to be thoughtful about how we spend our money and we do our part in supporting organizations that do what they can to meet the basic needs of others, but…
The truth is if one person is hungry that is one person too many.
At least that is what I believe.
Yet, here I am surrounded both by Christmas, with all it means to me, and by the reality that half of my fellow citizens; those whom I believe God names as my neighbor who will wake up tomorrow morning hungry or wondering how the next bill will be paid or if there will be enough hope to last one more day.
I am unsettled.
And, maybe that is the most I can do or be right now.
But, I don’t want to forget.
God, please don’t let me forget.