Dear Honey Run Friends,
This year has been a mess. With a pandemic still causing issues and politicians blaming each other for every problem and ailment of society, it has been a real treat to watch tv or read the news. Wildfires and hurricanes are ravaging the landscape and the threat of global warming is going to ruin life as we know it. Foreign governments interfering with our elections and disinformation news and with racial unrest building with anger to the point of physical violence and destruction of property. City curfews and even some areas on lockdown, military and national guard in the streets. I have not even begun to start to list our personal struggles of disease, tough finances due to a lost job, and all the other daily trials that challenge our joy.
Is there anything to be thankful about this Thanksgiving? There is. While the news and social media make the world seem as though it is coming to an end, I ask you to stop and smell the harvest of fall. Take a walk and listen to the leaves crunch underfoot as the cool fall air whips over your ears. Listen to the conversations being had by families and friends, socially distanced of course, around the neighborhood. There is joy to be had and we do not have to hate each other just because we have a difference of opinion. We all want our basic needs to be met of food, water, and shelter and then we want to be loved. Loved by our families, friends, coworkers, and society. Not much has changed other than we are bombarded with sensational media 24 hours a day. Turn it off and start loving your neighbor as you love yourself. Share a good old-fashioned face to face conversation and friendly debate with someone. Learn what makes someone else tick and put them first above yourself. Stop focusing on everything that is wrong in life and let us start listing the good.
Did you wake up today? Fantastic, you were given another day of life on this earth. How are you going to use it? Do you have a roof over your head? You are doing better than 1.6 billion people in the world who do not have adequate housing. Did you take a shower or drink water this morning? You are doing better than 11% of the world that does not have water. Did you eat today? 9% of the people in the world today did not eat. Did not eat! We complain because we cannot decide what to eat in our over nourished society.
Even in our brokenness in America we have so much to be grateful for this day. My prayer is that this Thanksgiving no matter your circumstances, that you take a few moments and give thanks. God has blessed us all with so much in America, its time we see these blessings and live as people who have been blessed. We have struggles and hardships, but we have blessings too. Do not let the scales of perspective be tipped in the wrong direction in your life.
Your grateful Innkeeper,