I am blessed to be able to not only have 3 meals each day, but the excess of snacks, candy, or even the ability to choose from a variety of different foods. I am one of the lucky, lucky few.
Over 1/3 of the world's population is dying of hunger. Every day, almost 16,000 children die from hunger-related causes. That's one child every five seconds.
My heart breaks for these children... these families. I can't even imagine how grief-stricken parents are when they know they are unable to provide the most basic of needs to their children. I, as a parent, can't help but put Vincent's face on these children. I can't help but see John and I in the parents who cry out in agony over their plight.
Please find an organization you trust to help be part of the solution for these children. I found Food for the Poor, Inc. I also wish to consume a little less in the hopes that these children will then have a little more. I want to be aware of their sufferings so I don't take my blessings so lightly. I want to understand exactly what I have to be grateful for so I'm able to share those blessings with these families who very much live in our backyard. This isn't just going on in Africa or Mexico... it's happening in Camden, Philadelphia, San Diego. It's happening all around us, and we, as part of the human race, need to be more aware so we're able to reach out and help... not callously walk on by, oblivious to the pain and unspeakable tragedy surrounding us.
This is truly weighing heavy on my heart recently... and I'm glad of it. The weight is a reminder that more is expected of me as more has been given. Be thankful for your gifts, but please remember to share them with those less fortunate.