My family is very poor and very small, and we love my grandmother very much... so much, in fact, that our lives have pretty much revolved around her for the past two years as we put everything aside to care for her when she got dementia. Now, it seems that the end is near. Not only will this be the loss of one of the very few people in my life who actually cared about me and who I love more than I could possibly begin to describe, but it also puts us up a creek financially. I could become homeless, since she will not be a source of income anymore. I guess it all goes to show that being young doesn't necessarily mean that one has a whole future and long, comfortable life ahead of one. People deceive themselves into thinking nothing can ever go wrong, but the story of my life is all about people getting sick and becoming disabled and needing to be cared for and losing jobs and becoming poor and thinking every moment that we'll be kicked out into the streets and... in short, you're not ultimately in control of your life. God is, and you should be grateful for everything... and not just on Thanksgiving. You never know what will happen when, and everything you have, including your own life and everything in it, could be taken from you suddenly.
"A word with you, you who say, 'Today or tomorrow we will go off to such and such a town and spend a year there trading and making money.' Yet you have no idea what tomorrow will bring. Your life, what is it? You are no more than a mist, seen for a little while and then dispersing. What you ought to say is: 'If it be the Lord's will, we shall live to do this or that.' But instead, you boast and brag, and all such boasting is wrong." - James 4:13-16 (New English Bible)