I wrote this middle summer.
It’s been a crazy four months. We started with Covid and now we are dealing with riots. Where does it stop? We have enough crap to deal with and yet people are going crazy – seriously!
If they would spend their time thinking and finding jobs, this country might settle a little and things might get back to a comfortable “normal”.
Destruction never helps anyone – ever. It brings distrust, being uncomfortable, fear, and mostly it disrupts everything we have come to know.
I am all about doing the right things, but, trying to damage everything is not the answer.
Our values, our friendships, any relationships we have, are all turned on their sides because we “feel” that one word or thought spoken, will bring fear where it shouldn’t.
The freedom to have opinions and speech are becoming something to fear!
We should be afraid of nothing. We each have our own beliefs that bring us a reality that we see. No one should fault us for feeling how we feel or thinking why we think.
Nothing makes me sadder than knowing our children and grandchildren, and all the generations to come will have to endure the fear because this country has brought it unto itself.
I cannot undo what others have done – they thought they were right. I cannot change people – they have to change themselves. I can only give a voice to those that want to see healing and better direction to those that are lost.
Time – they say – changes nothing or everything. It’s true. It marches on no matter who leads that change. We don’t get chances to fix what was done. It is done. It is the past.
So many people believe – and I am one of them -that God has about had enough of this. Bringing all of us to a point where some don’t care and that will forever change the face of humanity. How? By delivering those of evil to their end. Wiping out the weak in Spirit. Shaking us by our shoulders and shaking His head saying – NO MORE!
This has got to stop, showing us the evil that the devil has placed in those that do not believe – or it will change things for the worse.
We know what we should be doing – do good, take care of our neighbors, teach our children, pray for each other, see the blessings, lend a hand or food or shelter. These actions will become the “norm”. They are stronger than the violence, destruction, and disease that is going on right now.
Now we are in the Holiday season and are still struggling to feel “normal”. Canceled family holidays, shortened or no vacations, smart trips to the store, no unnecessary travel- all these things are what makes our new reality.
This Fall, Pastor reminded us of Psalm 57 -It is during the Time of Trial for David
57 Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.
2 I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me.
3 He shall send from heaven, and save me from the reproach of him that would swallow me up. Selah. God shall send forth his mercy and his truth.
4 My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword.
5 Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens; let thy glory be above all the earth.
6 They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they have digged a pit before me, into the midst whereof they are fallen themselves. Selah.
7 My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise.
8 Awake up, my glory; awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early.
9 I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people: I will sing unto thee among the nations.
10 For thy mercy is great unto the heavens, and thy truth unto the clouds.
11 Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: let thy glory be above all the earth.
I couldn’t help but see the value of this verse after I wrote my thoughts this summer.
May your days be merry and bright, your needs be filled, your family be healthy, your appreciation for all you have be strong, do good when you can, pray for those you do not know, and most of all – God will see us throught this.