Saw something on a news report yesterday that really got me to thinking about this life of ours.

The report was about Harlan County, Kentucky, a coal mining area, and also the place my mother and her family were raised.

The report was about the current push for closing all coal mines, and the many that have been closed in Harlan.

Coal jobs were the only good jobs for folks in this area.  The pay for miners over the years increased dramatically.  Raising a family, and giving them a good life was the way of life for the miners for many years. Unfortunately, everything has changed.  Changed “in an instant”.

As the report showed, miners were called in one day and told the mine was closed, and jobs gone.

There were interviews with miners and photos showing closings of business in the town.

This photo really hit home with me,

An older woman, probably my age, searching through a dumpster for food, or something she might sell to buy food, as reported in the news piece.

Seriously, all of our lives can change in an instant, without warning, for a number of reasons.  Sickness, loss of a job, loss of a loved one, false accusations, I could go on and on!

We really cannot take a thing for granted, not a single thing!

Love your family, build strong family ties, and build a relationship with God.

Here is the link if you want to take a look.  There are some parts, of course, that are politics and the upcoming elections, but showing Harlan, is the part I want to share.  Just scroll down to the section on Harlan.  This link is brief but you can find the entire report online.





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