This year has seen more than its share of major disasters, including Superstorm Sandy and a crippling drought. It's now estimated that Sandy will have an economic impact of more than $50 billion, which may make it the costliest disaster in US history in terms of money.
But there is still much to be thankful for even in the face of disasters and other crises. Sandy killed over 100 people, but the death toll could have been much worse. New York and New Jersey are making good progress in recovering from the damage. And the damage to the US economy was less than expected.
In the United States and much of the western world, we enjoy a standard of crisis response that is unknown in the rest of the world. While we worry about the impacts on the economy, most people in the world worry about loss of life, wide-spread destruction and being displaced from their homes—sometimes permanently.
Let us never forget to be thankful for the standard of emergency and disaster response that we enjoy. Let us express out thankfulness to the emergency responders who sometimes put their lives on the line to save others. And let us always be generous in supporting relief efforts in areas that are not as fortunate. Lives depend on it.
During this holiday season, take time to assess what you're thankful for. Let people know that they're appreciated. Decide that it's truly more blessed to give than receive. Spread some joy.
Everyone at MissionMode wishes you a very Happy Holiday.