Yesterday I erroneously received an email from my church. Attached to the email was a list of prayer requests the church had received for the month of May. I think it was intended to go to a prayer chain of about 150 people, but instead went to the whole church. I still cannot get over the amount of hurt that some people are going through...people sitting right next to you in church. At first, my heart broke for all the individuals on the list--wives whose husbands had asked for divorce, mothers whose children were seriously ill, many elderly people who were experiencing complications from surgery. I could go on and on. After I got over the "shock" of seeing all this in black and white, I was humbled...ashamed, even. How many times have I had a little pity party for myself over--what now seems like--much less important things. My goodness, God is so good to me. I'm married to a man who loves me so much. I am healthy, my children are healthy. We have a nice home in a nice neighborhood. The kids go to good schools. We have a church home that we LOVE. I have friends that I know would do anything for me. My ex-husband and I even get along--how many divorced couples would like to say that? All my basic needs are met. Again, I could go on and on....fortunately, I have way too many blessings to list here. And guess what? So do you! Try to count them all! Especially when you feel sad and lonely. Take it from me, instead of feeling sorry for yourself, consider the mother of the 28 year old son dying from a rare brain disorder...or the man facing his 11th knee surgery and the possibility of losing his leg...or the husband who had a heart attack almost immediately after his wife had a stroke...and just maybe...instead of dwelling on how "bad" you think you have it, try reaching out to one of these hurting people--they're all around you--you'll see that if you'll take your eyes off yourself and your own circumstances. I'm not pointing any fingers here...I'm telling you, I have been guilty of the same thing. Getting that prayer list emailed to me "in error" was really no mistake...it has opened my eyes to the hurt all around and made me so much more grateful for everything in my own life. I want so much to reach out to others and let them see Christ's love through me.