I noticed a receipt sitting on our desk, and carelessly tossed it into the garbage. A few minutes later my husband became agitated , and asked me if I had moved his receipt. He needed it to return some unsatisfactory products to a local store. I put on some gloves, and retrieved the receipt.
My experience with the garbage made we aware of the fact that over 15 million people around the world make a living by looking through garbage sites. In particular, I thought of the Coptic Christians in Egypt, who make a living by sorting garbage. They are called the Zabbaleen, which in Arabic means :
“The garbage people “.
I spent the rest of the day praying for everyone who spends days, and even years, looking through garbage for something that could be of value. And I prayed that all of us might become more attentive to the amount of garbage that we produce.