Tuesday, January 19, 2010

What Do You Take For Granted?

I've been home sick for the past couple of days with a stomach bug. As I was lying in bed in agony yesterday I was thinking of those in Haiti who are suffering much worse. Yesterday I had a half a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and a banana. I didn't even go a full 24 hours without something to eat, yet I was miserable. I imagined being in someplace like Haiti after a natural disaster, or even anywhere in the Third World where I would be grateful for a half a sandwich a day. When I went to bed last night, my head was pounding and my muscles and joints were aching- symptoms of dehydration. Yet I drank about a liter of water. Again, how many in Haiti right now would do anything for a liter of clean, bottled water?

I was miserable. But I am lucky.

The news continues to pour in, and it's not pretty. My heart continues to hurt for the hundreds of thousands who are suffering right now. You can catch some of the updates here.

Even though the setting is different in this video, the need is the same. Can we honestly say, "I'll follow you" anywhere when we have so much?

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