Admittedly, I have been fortunate to live a blessedly easy life. I truly cannot say I have known abuse or hardship. For this, I am extremely grateful.
But I don’t get it.
What did I do to deserve such a happy existence? What did my neighbor down the street do to deserve the abusive, neglectful, unfaithful husband she is struggling to leave? Is it due to the accumulation/ dissipation of karma from countless past lives?
This morning, going through the collection of toiletries I’ve gathered for our local abused women’s shelter, CASA ( a project of my Red Hat chapter, the Sassie Lassies!), I was inspired to blog. I enjoy stockpiling goodies for such a worthy cause as CASA, but my heart aches when I think of the unknown recipient of our efforts. How crushed is her spirit? Will she ever fully recover? And what if the abused woman has children in tow; what of their damaged psyches? What did an innocent child do to deserve such an environment in which to grow?
During this time of year as the holidays approach we tend to count or blessings. I hope the recipients of the Sassie Lassie’s efforts are somewhat heartened by their care packages.
In a perfect world, there would be no need for such care packages. But there is, and sadly, there probably always will be.