A couple of weeks ago, I picked up a case of poison ivy. Now, I’ve never had poison ivy and didn’t quite know what to expect but after some Googling, I knew to try Calamine Lotion, anti-itch cream, soap, alcohol. I had the ability to learn about and obtain these ‘cures.’ Although there were times when the itching drove me to scratch, I mostly was able to let it alone to heal. Now it’s pretty much run its course and I can see an itch-free time ahead.
But it got me thinking about the many people in our world who can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel or freedom from the pain they are experiencing. They don’t have the knowledge or resources to alleviate their pain. For instance: what about the doctor who has run out of medicine because of a civil war …. or the father whose child has been taken from him at the border…. or the young girl, raped by a terrorist, who is now pregnant… or the child who has seen her parents die of HIV…. or the humanitarian who can’t get food to where it needs to go. What about the little boy trying to be reunited with his mother or the mother without enough food to feed her children. So many of us have no idea of the immense pain suffered around the world.
Let us take a minute of silence to remember them.
In the big scheme of things my poison ivy was inconvenient, irritating, and itchy, but I had recourse to heal it. Let us remember and pray for those who aren’t so fortunate.