I'm reminded of the friends who brought one of their friends to Jesus for healing. First of all it's amazing that he had such good friends, who would take time out of their lives to care for him. But when they couldn't get to Jesus the easy way, they hauled him onto the roof, and lowered him down. Nothing would stand in the way of their helping this man to stand and walk again. There are so many needs in the world that it's easy to become discouraged, but like the story of the kid on the beach throwing the starfish back into the sea: we may not be able to help everyone, but we can make a difference in the life of one.
Loving God, we know that you are God over all the world, and often we wonder why it is that some seem to be more blessed than others. Scripture tells us that from those to whom much is given, much will be required. Keep our hearts and minds open to ways that we, who have been given so much, can assist others in living their lives to the fullest. Even if what we can do is pray for them or be in contact so they don't feel isolated, all the way to going and digging wells or fixing homes. Give us grace to be aware day by day "what a gift it is to be [us]".......Amen