Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Birth of a Nation

We celebrate many births.


Animal offspring

Nations, and etc.

Let's step into the world of those who were here during the birth of the United States.

What prompted men and women to come to a new, unsettled land?

I can't think of many men or women who would have an opportunity to do that today. The closet example to me would be the missionary who leaves an established home, familiar language, and culture to go to a new land. 

Using the missionary example, I can imagine what men and women felt like when they came here. 

For employment: men and women had to live off the land, barter services with others who came for help, grow their own food. Survival happened only if they worked. Even then, many died from weather related issues, starvation, diseases. The good side: men and women learned to work with each other, help and ask, share and borrow, laugh and cry. 

For conveniences: Only what was brought, grown, or made could be used. Wal-Mart did not exist. Main source of transportation: two legs, perhaps a canoe carved from a tree. The good side: men and women didn't mind walking miles to visit a friend or waiting weeks to receive word their sister was married. Time had time.

For food: Men and women hunted and learned which berries to eat, some mistakes were made, though. Native Americans taught gardening principles. So much to learn to survive. The good side: men and women learned how to get food without McDonalds.

For entertainment: Men, women, and lets include those kiddos here, played with stick and stones without breaking bones. They played games from their homeland, teaching each other new games without Monopoly, Wii, and Internet solitaire.

Still, we have many hardships despite developments. The American culture has changed considerably. The good side: when fires rage, floods waters rise, hurricanes and tornadoes rip, men and women come together to help.

Friends have helped me by babysitting my children, bringing meals when we were sick, helping pump our basement when it flooded, my list could go on for pages.

How has someone helped you?

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Kathy said...

My daughter and husband are moving to Pennsylvania in 3 weeks. The first thing they are looking for is a good local church. They need that specialized community of believers to help them learn the area, develop new friendships, and get advice on good doctors, dentists, hair stylists, etc. What would we do without the help of others?

Mary Vee Writer said...

I wish I lived in PA to offer any suggestions. Perhaps there is a reader who could chime in?
When I've moved into a new community, finding a church is number one then I do as you daughter and husband are planning, ask the church people for recommendations re local businesses. So far, its worked for my family and me.
Thanks for stopping by today, Kathy.

Unknown said...

I had a friend that went out of her way to bring my children to the hospital that was an hour and a half away, when I had an accident. This friend simply stayed in the background and let my children comfort me. She stayed until my children were comfortable leaving me for the night, and then took them back to the camp they were working at for the summer. This was such a blessing, I know she wanted to provide and she did, but she was not hidden in the background. Her love showed the love of Christ to myself and my children.

Mary Vee Writer said...

What an encouragement to all of us. I am so glad you shared Sheri. Thank you.