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Wednesday, November 12, 2008



I took this photo about 2 weeks ago. I love this particular line of trees in our town. They are always so beautiful in all seasons..

Don't you just love the yellow leaves?

This past week I heard a remark made by someone I know to be a Christian.

She was laughing at two people who worked at a convience store. One person who worked there had one tooth and the other one only had two teeth.

She said, "Wow what winners they have working there" As she continued laughing at their toothless state.

I said to her, "That could be me or you."

John and I lost our insurance years ago after he lost his job at the plant.

Except for the grace of God it could any one of us. Poor people have a very hard time trying to even find a dentist who will take a medical card.

Since I don't have insurance I have had to borrow money from my Mom to go to the dentist. And so many people think that those people who have a medical card are lucky. No, not really. Those poor people struggle to even find a good doctor who will take the medical card.

Her remark fueled anger in me. It made me think of how shallow and mean that comment was. How could she in good conscience even say something like that about another human being.

No one wants to be toothless. Everyone wants the ability to go to the doctor and the dentist to get proper medical treatment. And to get dental care.

I wish people could be judged by their character and not their looks. I know many people out there who are very kind and thoughtful souls. But would be judged harshly by worldly standards because of their appearance.

One person who inspires me is Joni from Morning Coffee. She takes meals and blankets to the homeless. I have never heard her make a bad comment about the homeless.

We are in desperate need of compassion in our culture. We need to be able to feel what others feel. To see the need they have and help them.

~Nita~







If you have time please listen to this. This song is so powerful...
It is, If We Are the Body by Casting Crowns





15 comments:

Nonnie said...

thank you dear nita....for your kind words and sweet support.... i agree with your words here so strongly....and i love this song.....one everyone should listen to.

i love your strength...to say how you feel and to show others a kinder world.
love,
kimberly
"see" you after the walk!

Serendipity said...

Hi Nita, that's a beautiful picture! Although I don't have autumn where I live, I'm thankful to be able to enjoy the lovely sights shared by people like you who do. Thanks :-)

It's sad that there are so many people who behaves like this, even at where I live. It's sadder still when we see young children behaving that way. And they learn it all from the adults.

Just Joni said...

You are so sweet Nita and I thank you for your kind words...one of my pet peeves is people who judge...any one of us could experience life-changing events that alter our way of living. Many of my homeless friends are missing their teeth, but it doesn't bother me, it's the grace they wear all around them that touches my heart.

I love this song, it has always been a favorite of mine.

love to you sweet friend ~

Karen M said...

I love your tender heart. You know I feel sorry for the people who make such stupid comments because they think they have life all figured out and they really don't. Someday they'll have to stand before God for all those harsh words and stony hearts.

Such a great song.

Annette said...

I love you kind, loving heart as well
and I have no patient for people like that, Karma comes back around, when I read this, I thought...well at least they have a job and working makes them better about themselves I'm sure, I love peoples beauty, and their heart not for how they look, or how much money they claim to have, or the car they drive, or their fancy designer cloths, I love their souls, and you know that one person just might be her sister in heaven, but I do believe in karma!
I love you, and hope your having a excellent evening.
Hugs & Kiss's
Annette

Shelley said...

Amen,Nita. I am one of those poor souls who have no medical insurance. I rely on the low income clinic and $4.00 prescriptions from Walmart. Thank God there are some programs out there to help,when insurance isn't an option.
Guess,that woman hasn't had to walk in those peoples shoes...I pray God give her compassion for the poor and lost in this world.To see others through Jesus'eyes.

The picture of the line of trees you posted is just beautiful...thanks for sharing it.

Blessings,Shelley

Annette said...

Tag your it!! you've been tagged by me. check out today's post for the fun! Love to you always
Annette

Sally said...

Truer words have never been spoken, Nita, than the ones you speak here. Good for you. I find sometimes that human frailties like those of your friend, speaking of anothers looks, happens often when it shouldn't. I would be an out and out liar to say that never once in my life have I judged someone from the outside, and I'm ashamed. I don't like to think and pray to God I'd ever be that way again though. We all just have to pray harder that we can change those things about ourselves that we don't like. Like you, I don't have dental insurance either and need a lot of work now! But, I do thank God for having medical ins. If any of this makes sense, good, because I'm not talking right lately. ((HUGS))

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A bird in the hand said...

Never in my life have I understood why people make fun of the shortcomings of others, especially physical. I'm proud of you that you responded. Maybe, just maybe this person will think before she speaks the next time. A little compassion goes a long way. xoxo

Mimi said...

if we could all put ourselves in the place of others...we would be much more careful what we say and do..
you are such a thoughtful and caring person, you inspire the rest of us to be more thoughtful...
How is your little puppy doing?
Thinking of you often,
Mimi

Sandi McBride said...

Nita, it looks like a painting..I'd have it framed. Beautiful
Sandi

Classic Charm said...

Nita,
What a beautiful picture of those trees. You are such a good person. Yes, we all need to be kinder to others.
Hugs,
Rose

Karen said...

Your words are so true. The world judges by such superficial things. I saw two movies last night about people who took a homeless person into their homes and lives. The comment was made in the movie that we are all only two or three paychecks away from their situation. I'm currently without insurance even though I'm working more hours than I was before. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. We all need to be reminded to live with a kind heart. I love the song too. And your trees are beautiful!

~~Deby said...

Good post, my brother who went to be with the Lord last night was made fun of much of his life, he was a slow learner and had a few disabilites...he is dancing in Heaven now...we are what we are ONLY because of the Grace of God and the prayers of others and so much more.....
Deby

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