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Thankfulness Mondays- Hope For Those in Dire Need

Week 46 (of 52) giving thanks for things in our lives great and small; along with Bernadette of Haddon Musings, and others as well.

Today I am giving thanks for Organizations that help those who need it very desperately, especially at this time in places like Sudan. Specifically today, I am highlighting World Vision. There are offices around the World but the National offices  including United States, Australia, Canada, and UK.

World Vision is working in over 100 countries within Africa, Asia, South America, Europe and North America. Specifically today, I am writing about the terrible and dire situation in Sudan. I watched a t.v. news broadcast about it this past week, and it brought me to tears. It’s not the only place of course that is riddled with corruption and war targeting the most vulnerable, and causing mass destruction and starvation, but it is terrible right now with the violence, the government involvement and the hunger. The people and especially the children are suffering so much!

I actually worked for World Vision Canada for 13 years, and my son 20 years, and believe in their work. I knew I was meant to be there, as the circumstances that led up to it, were truly amazing.  (I wrote about it here if anyone is interested.) They are a non-profit Christian organization, and do emergency relief and development,  and child sponsorship.

There are other organizations that are striving to help, such as Oxfam and the Red Cross and likely others.

I am thankful for those who help,  as we can’t go directly into these countries, but can support financially those who do.

As the founder of World Vision, Bob Pierce said when he began the organization, “Don’t fail to do something, just because you can’t do everything”.

He also said to “Let my heart be broken, with the things that break the heart of God”

For anyone who might want to give a donation to help those in Sudan, I’m leaving a link to World Vision Canada, and U.S.A; and the International Red Cross.




Too Much Violence

Because in my denomination of the Church, and the fact that we practice the season of Lent I’ve been reflecting certain areas of my life. Personally, even though some believe in giving something up during Lent I choose not to, as I found I spent so much of my thoughts around what I was giving up or missing out on, that it was a distraction over the spiritual side .

The other night however I really felt prompted that there was one area in my life, that I needed to make a change, not just for Lent but for good, and that is that there was a couple of programs on the television I needed to stop watching.

I do enjoy a good mystery like Sherlock Holmes (the old one I’m speaking of) and I used to enjoy Hercules Poirot and a few others, even modern-day ones. However, I used to watch a couple of current ones, and I believe when I started watching them they were not so intense, but the general theme now, is too much violence for the most part.

As I watched one recently, I wondered truly why I did because some of the show I wouldn’t watch or I’d switch the channel temporarily. I questioned myself then the reason I watched at all. Considering there is too much violence in our world today that is a reality, I could not justify these programs being part of my life. In fact I was ashamed that I ever watched them.  I often used to say that by producing these programs, perhaps they were putting thoughts into others’ minds, that were not healthy. At some point I guess I thought that since they weren’t real, it was okay, but that logic to me was false. And the truth of the matter is, I didn’t feel good when I did.

Each person should determine for themselves what it right for them, and no one should impose their beliefs on anyone else.

So, I will continue to watch shows with mysteries, but not ones with the violence shown that seems rampant right now.

I am actually embarrassed  to admit that I had watched these shows, but I felt the need to express my opinion. Maybe it will resonate with someone else but in any case……….

….this is a decision I made for me and since I am a Christian, also for God …. somehow I think he approves my decision.