Wednesday, October 12, 2011

So Many Needs

Today Susan and I ate lunch* at a huge meeting hall in the Embassy Suites here. It was a fundraiser we had been invited to. Several hundred people were there to hear a presentation about the agency that takes care of, or should I say assists or ministers to, abused/neglected children and their parent(s) in Cleveland county. It struck me as I listened to members of the agency staff and board and testimonials from some of the kids and a dad they have served that the extent of human need, suffering, and want out there in the world is just mind-boggling. At this particular event, we heard horrifying figures on the numbers of kids affected, the gross ignorance of some people who have kids and mess them up for life by their cruelty and neglect. And all this damage done just in our little corner of the world: one county in Oklahoma.

Children are easily the most vulnerable victims in our society. In the world. No question about it. But what about that homeless guy I gave a buck to in Louisville? All those victims of storms, floods, tornadoes, tsunamis? Sufferers with sicknesses ranging from heart disease, a myriad of cancers, diabetes, Alzheimer's, and a thousand more? War's victims, refugees, political prisoners? The millions who are hungry? What about all the human needs you can list that I didn't?

*The lunch was lousy. And there was way too much of it. Far too much for everyone to eat it all. I did not see a single clean plate. So how much food was thrown in the garbage just at that one lunch in that one place? How much do we waste in the face of so much suffering? I kept thinking about all the hungry people within five miles of this rather swank hotel, and I wondered if anybody in there shared the same thoughts. I hope so.

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