the foreign winter

Tonight I am thankful for food and warm housing.  It is no small amazement to pass the winter by in comfort.  When I read about the winters that the pioneers endured, or of the western migration of the Donner party, who faced months of cold, death, and starvation while trapped in the snow-blown Sierra Nevada treachery, I am stunned by how much the human can suffer.

People never want their suffering to be in vain.  There is so much human suffering in the world, and so little, it seems, any one person can actually do about it.  I feel strongly that one thing we can be, however, is thankful in life for the gifts that we have.  It doesn’t change the terrible things to be endured in this world, but it helps to know that even the long winters do have an end.

2 thoughts on “the foreign winter

  1. The girls and I have been listening to “The Little House” series and a quote from Ma Ingalls in “Little Town on the Prairie” really struck me as true, “This earthly life is a battle. . . If it isn’t one thing to contend with, it’s another. It always has been so, and it always will be. The sooner you make up your mind to that, the better off you are, and the more thankful for your pleasures.” Our physical lives are so much easier than the pioneers’ lives, but we still have so many sorrows and difficulties. That’s just life in this sinful world, but we can still give thanks to God for our daily bread and look forward to life everlasting! 🙂

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