All of us can identify with the sentiments of the old Eskimo proverb, “May you have warmth in your igloo, oil in your lamp, and peace in your heart!” But do we understand what they really mean to people? Last month, I visited a rural hamlet where no electricity lines went. The residents spent almost a fifth of their income buying oil for their lamps. If the crops did poorly, they couldn't afford the oil, and would be deprived of even that feeble light.
May we never forget that there are people who lack the things we take for granted.