Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and most of us have much to be thankful for. In our resolve to be thankful, let’s not forget that there are others who are going through some pretty hard times, perhaps even wondering where they will sleep tonight, or what they will eat tomorrow. All we have to do is listen to the evening news to grasp the reality of what many are dealing with in these difficult days. Thanksgiving and Christmas can be especially rough on those less fortunate than ourselves. I thought this might be a good time to post a poem that I wrote several years ago.
What On Earth are You Doing, for Heaven’s Sake?
Each night we watch the evening news. “Can things get worse?” we mourn. “Crime, corruption, poverty, and war. Killing babies before they’re born.
And in our own communities, hundreds are in need. Grieving losses, and unemployment, with hungry mouths to feed.
God’s gaze fell on the hurried one, who had no time to give; To share a word with one who’d lost their appetite to live.
“When you watched the news last night, I thought your heart would break. What on earth are you doing, for Heaven’s sake?”
Around the corner they stood in line for just a bowl of soup. Hungry. Cold. It seemed like hours, for few were there to serve this group.
“I saw you with your friends that night, grilling up a steak, Discussing the plight of those faceless strangers. But what on earth are you doing, for Heaven’s sake?”
They faced each other in the pew, discussing other’s plights. “Nothing has been done,” they said. “You know, that’s just not right.”
“Excuse me,” interrupted He, “What effort did you make? And tell me, if you would, my friends, What on earth, are you doing for Heaven’s sake?”
So when you watch the news tonight, instead of bleak despair. Could you accept the challenge? Would you even dare?
Instead of rushing, discussing, and waiting, would you the effort make? To lend a hand of help right here, on earth, for Heaven’s sake?
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’” (Matthew 25:40)
God blesses us, so that we can bless others. That’s the view from here. . .