This holiday season I’m counting my blessings
With so much craziness in the world, I’m finding it more important than ever to be grateful for what I have such as a relatively healthy family, food for our tummies, and a warm roof over our heads.
There are many who lack these basic necessities, and there are those who take them for granted.
Here, in Victoria, we have an ever-increasing problem with homeless people. Some are caught in the opioid crisis. During 2020, there were a total of 6,214 deaths from opioid overdose in Canada, 1,738 of which occurred in the province of British Columbia. This statistic shows the number of deaths from opioid overdose in Canada in 2020, by province. https://www.statista.com/statistics/812260/number-of-deaths-from-opioid-overdose-canada-province/
Six thousand wives, husbands, brothers and sisters who will never have the chance to sit down to a family dinner and share laughter and love with their families ever again.
Some have mental health issues and can’t hold a job. Without proper care, they slip through an underfunded system and end up on the street, doing the best they can to simply survive.
And still others have lost their jobs (maybe due to the Covid crisis), or don’t make enough to pay the ridiculous rent required to live in so-called paradise. For them, life is a day-to-day fight for survival.
It’s basically a hand-to-mouth existence.
Think about that. Have you ever done without basic necessities like food and shelter?
There’s a young man down the road from us. He set up a small encampment of a grocery cart and tarp on a grassy verge intersecting two highways. His sign reads Broke & Hungry. He sits on the curb, head in hands, lost and hopeless.
I’ve seen many homeless people on our streets, but something about that young man breaks my heart. But for the grace of God, that could be me or mine. Sometimes, it’s a matter of circumstance.
I want to take this time to count my blessings and pray those who need a helping hand get the opportunity to turn their lives around.
Happy Thanksgiving ❤