I love the song, “Waiting on the World to Change” sung by John Mayer.
Now we see everything that’s going wrong with the world and those who lead it.
We just feel like we don’t have the means to rise above and beat it.
So we keep waiting, waiting on the world to change.
We keep on waiting, waiting on the world to change.
Is it any wonder that we long for the world to change?
More than 16 million children in the United States – 22% of all children – live in families with incomes below the federal poverty level – $23,550 a year for a family of four. Research shows that, on average, families need an income of about twice that level to cover basic expenses. Using this standard, 45% of children live in low-income families.
Most of these children have parents who work, but low wages and unstable employment leave their families struggling to make ends meet. Poverty can impede children’s ability to learn and contribute to social, emotional, and behavioral problems. Poverty also can contribute to poor health and mental health. Risks are greatest for children who experience poverty when they are young and/or experience deep and persistent poverty. (National Center for Children in Poverty)
Child poverty, children languishing in the foster care system, violence and the abuse of children . . . It’s more than we can fathom.
Yes, we are waiting on the world to change. But while we wait, we must work in our homes and communities and demand justice for all, especially the most vulnerable among us.
May God give us the heart, the courage, and the will to change the world.