During our Sunday church service, we had a presentation from a member of the Taber Food Bank about the increase of people coming for food. Our media is also ringing the alarm bell about many people using the food banks for food, even in Alberta where we grow an abundance of all kinds of food. How did we arrive in that dilemma? I grew up in the 30s in a small vegetable growing area in Holland. My mom, dad, and seven children — financially we were very poor, but yet we always had three meals a day. Mom and dad were always very busy, and us kids had lots of chores in and outside our home. But along with all the life challenges, we had a bond together as a family, and Sundays were always family gatherings and church.
Then in 1940, Hitler declared war on our small country, after bombing the city of Rotterdam, Holland capitulated, and our freedom was taken away for five years — very scary times. The older I become, the more I see the value in the family unit. Motherhood is so precious, dads in family leadership roles. Families are the building block of a strong society. That is where you and I come in to care for our neighbours, including food banks. But now, after decades of strong family units, we seem to have arrived in a time of sexual revolution, in many cases we don’t know who we are anymore, abandoned God as a guide in our society.
Did that bring happiness in our society? Maybe if we allow people to use some mind altering drug, will that make them feel more content? Was that perhaps the gate to the drug overdose epidemic? But yet with all this there is still hope, ask him to come into your heart. Also, we are so blessed in our community of Taber, family and friends, our choice of schools, and churches, our hospital senior homes with all their dedicated staff. The old Hymn states it so well “Praise God from whom blessings flow.” Your fellow citizen of our awesome Town of Taber.