As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
Romans 3:10 (KJV)
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
These verses have been swirling in my mind during the past week and the course of recent events in our country. I can’t possibly tell you how heartbroken I am as the country continues to tear one another apart over a difference of opinions and beliefs.
There are numerous concerns for our country during this year 2020. I’m growing tired and weary as persons destroy property, scream, and yell using scare tactics to attain their end goal, while many of us wonder what exactly is their end goal?
Wasn’t our country built on democracy and freedom to choose? Yet when approximately 2,000 individuals left the Republican National Convention in Washington D.C., they were met with angry opposition screaming and yelling to the point of needing police protection! Again, regardless of who you want as the next President of the United States, don’t people have the right to attend a gathering to hear a speech of acceptance and not be in fear they won’t make it to their cars before they are beaten??
Or should media make a spectacle how many individuals did not don masks in one venue when it is clear that many venues have numerous individuals without those masks? Does one group spread this disease more readily than another due to where you stand politically?
Why didn’t the news media put front and center 39 children being rescued from sex trafficking? Can you imagine the celebration of those families as they were reunited with their children and the feel-good story that would have resulted? Instead we learn that the First Lady wore a green dress that acted as a screen where messages could be written. Oh the liberties that were taken to place nasty, though many thought were hilarious writings, on her attire. The First Lady of the United States became a laughing stock…at least to those who oppose her husband. That’s what we’ve gotten to in this country? I don’t care who you like or distain, that was incredibly mean spirited.
And let’s not forget the couple who, because they were supporters of the President, has gained national coverage due to their sinful actions. This situation alone brought the scriptures printed above to my mind each and every day. I’ve often taught that we are living in carnal, sinful bodies. Sin entered this world when Eve took that nice big bite of the apple and Adam followed her lead. As flawed humans, sin lays right underneath our skin. It can happen to anyone at any time and no sin is beyond its reach. Believers in Jesus Christ need to go before the foot of the throne in prayer each day asking the Holy Spirit of God, which came to dwell within us upon our acceptance of Jesus, keep us from falling into the sin which so easily besets us.
I hold close to my heart the words of Colossians 2:8, See to it that no one takes you captive with hollow and deceptive philosophy which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.
Can these words of scripture detain the ugliness of man’s thoughts and speech? Not without a heart transplant that is enveloped by the Holy Spirit of God. But this I do know, if you are faultless, if you have never committed an act which you would never want screamed from the mountaintops and brought into the living room of every person in the world, then pick up that stone and begin to throw. Jesus said, “Let him without sin cast the first stone,” when a woman caught in adultery was brought before him for judgement. Thus, I hold to my beliefs and openly share my story of salvation. But I am not sin free. I won’t be sin free until the Lord Jesus calls me home. Keeping myself accountable before God is a full-time prayer event. I refuse to take valuable minutes of my day yelling and screaming at others when that behavior presents a non-ending cycle.
It’s time the stones of hatred, mean spiritedness, destruction of property, livelihoods and reputations are dropped from our hands and instead we drop to our knees with hands uplifted asking Almighty God to forgive us and to heal our land. We’ll only succeed in winning souls to Jesus Christ if we become stellar examples of His love. It matters not your background, your skin color, your political standing, or your religious upbringing because when it comes right down to it,
there is none righteous, no, not one.
The blood of Jesus is the only answer.
I don't know about you, but I'm in need of a little positivity! I'm so weary of people attacking one another over differing views; protesting that is damaging businesses and disgruntlement regarding our country. What is a Christian to do?
Once again, I opened the Jesus Calling devotional, and began to read this morning. I have heard the writings penned in this devotional seem to speak directly to your heart and mind when the world and your own personal situations appear out of control. I am convinced that the Lord God could call down 10,000 angels with a nod of his head to take care of our woes. The Israelites thought in the same way. They were under the persecution of the Romans and believed the coming Messiah would deliver them from all their injustices. But God had a different plan. He sent Jesus to demonstrate that we are to be a people who witness of His love, mercy and grace. There will be a time when sin and all the injustices will be set right....consequences will be sentenced. Until then, we pray, we wait, we hold fast to our faith and we love as we are loved by our Lord.
Today the reading reminded me of this very fact. I quote from Jesus Calling, day August 26:
"Trust Me in the midst of a messy day. Your inner calm--your Peace in My Presence--need not be shaken by what is going on around you. Though you live in this temporal world, your innermost being is rooted and grounded in eternity. When you start to feel stressed, detach yourself from the disturbances around you. Instead of desperately striving to maintain order and control in your little world, relax and remember that circumstances cannot touch My Peace.
Seek My Face, and I will share My mind with you, opening your eyes to see things from My perspective. Do not let your heart be troubled, and do not be afraid. The Peace I give is sufficient for you."
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33
As I began to have a time of private prayer in my office this week, I was reminded of the scripture that says, "It is written: As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God." Romans 14:11.
At that point, even with knees that are a bit more sore than in prior years, I knelt on a small rug in the office and began to pray. I don't know why it surprised me because if you ask to meet with God, why wouldn't the Holy Spirit respond? An amazing feeling fell over me as I began to pray and place all my offerings of praise and petitions before the throne of grace and mercy. It was a sacred anointing of peace, power and encouragement as I continued to talk with the Lord, tears filling my eyes. Included in that alone time with Jesus, I prayed that if it were in accordance with His Will I would be able to move my mother into another facility that allows hospice to enter.
The current facility my mother has been a resident for the past two years has shut out all family and outsiders including the hospice medical staff due to COVID. Since I haven't been able to be in the same room with mom since February and her health is declining, I have received approval for mom to be in hospice. I have now found a new facility that allows hospice into their facility and was on the schedule to move her this coming weekend.
Little did I know or realize the Lord met with me to strengthen my resolve for coming information and prayer requests I would receive throughout the remainder of the day, including my request for wisdom regarding my mother's move to another facility. Dire needs were shared with me in confidence and I was privileged to pray over each one. However, one of the calls I received delivered the news a worker at mom's current facility tested positive for COVID. Although this individual is asymptomatic, the facility now needs to undergo testing and the chances of moving mom are becoming slim, at least for now.
I felt crushed to receive this news, but wondered if perhaps this isn't the right time to move my mother. Would I have done more harm than good? Wouldn't her involvement with a hospice staff the best option? Oh, the questions that swirl around in my mind daily since mom's care has been placed upon these small, ill equipped shoulders with brothers that are readily supportive of my decisions.
I picked up the Jesus Calling devotional later that day and read the entry for August 23. I am a few days behind, but really not behind at all since the words of this particular devotional eased my heart and spoke so clearly to me. I share them with you because maybe you are going through something similar today.
May the God of the Universe shower peace within your heart as you read a part of this devotional:
Entrust your loved ones to me; release them into My protective care. They are much safer with Me than in your clinging hands. If you let a loved one become an idol in your heart, you endanger that one--as well as yourself.
When you release loved ones to Me, you are free to cling to My hand. As you entrust others into My care, I am free to shower blessings on them. My Presence will go with them wherever they go, and I will give them rest. This same Presence stays with you as you relax and place your trust in Me. Watch to see what I will do. Jesus Calling, August 23
"Call unto me and I will answer thee and shew thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not." Jeremiah 33:3 KJV
The picture above of my mom was taken several years ago...she is such a beautiful child of God.
Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. James 4:14 NIV
That one scripture verse is driven deeply into my heart each and every day I live and breathe. Maybe it's due to age or perhaps it's due to experience, but whatever I attribute this truth, the fact remains we are not given tomorrow or even the next minute.
We feel lumps or bumps and they become malignant tumors. Our elderly experience falls and it begins his/her earthly demise. We decide to take a jog and never return home due to heart failure, or we stand close to another human being who coughs and unknowingly passes a deadly virus. Bottom line, we haven't a clue what tomorrow holds.
So why in the world am I writing a depressing blog? Because I have some good news. When all these situations and health conditions are brought to an earthly finish line, there is much more coming and it's the best ever! God has already prepared a place for those who believe in His Son. It's going to be a glorious awakening in the Kingdom of God when we close our eyes in earthly death. Satan can no longer tempt you, disease can no longer touch you, tears will no longer stream down your face and anxiety will be a thing of the past. With all heaven and our Lord has to offer, why not ask the Lord to reveal this truth to you if you are not currently a believer?
Don't believe Jesus rose from the dead? Ask him to reveal that truth to you in a way that will have you shouting from the rooftops of his existence! Believe the Bible is a fairy tale? Ask the Holy Spirit of God who scripted every word and used the hands of man to transcribe them, pen those same words undeniably on your heart!
As we enter into the season of fall, let's pray as a united front for the growth of our country as believers; all standing for equality, not tearing down but building up the body of Christ and this great nation. May God spare us, forgive us, and anoint us with peace, quiet our souls and save the innocent from harm.
God bless, my friends!
33 Bible Verses to Remind Us -
We Do Not Have to Fear:
1. “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” ~ Isaiah 41:10
2. “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you." ~ Psalm 56:3
3. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” ~ Philippians 4:6-7
4. “Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid.” ~ John 14:27
5. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” ~ 2 Timothy 1:7
6. “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” ~ 1 John 4:18
7. “When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.” ~ Psalm 94:19
8. “But now, this is what the Lord says…Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.” ~ Isaiah 43:1
9. “An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.” ~ Proverbs 12:25
10. “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” ~ Psalm 23:4
11. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” ~ Joshua 1:9
12. “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” ~ Matthew 6:34
13. “Humble yourselves, then, under God’s mighty hand, so that he will lift you up in his own good time. Leave all your worries with him, because he cares for you.” ~ 1 Peter 5:6-7
14. “Tell everyone who is discouraged, Be strong and don’t be afraid! God is coming to your rescue…” ~ Isaiah 35:4
15. “Do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?” ~ Luke 12:22-26
16. “The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?” ~ Psalm 27:1
17. “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.” ~ Psalm 55:22
18. “Immediately he spoke to them and said, 'Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.'” ~ Mark 6:50
19. “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” ~ Deuteronomy 31:6
20. “'For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. Do not be afraid, for I myself will help you,' declares the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.” ~ Isaiah 41:13-14
21. “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” ~ Psalm 46:1
22. “The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? The Lord is with me; he is my helper.” ~ Psalm 118:6-7
23. “Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.” ~ Proverbs 29:25
24. “He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” ~ Mark 4:39-40
25. “The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.” Psalm 34:7
26. “But even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it. So don’t worry or be afraid of their threats.” ~ 1 Peter 3:14
27. “I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears.” ~ Psalm 34:4
28. “Do not be afraid of them; the Lord your God himself will fight for you.” ~ Deuteronomy 3:22
29. “Then he placed his right hand on me and said: 'Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last.'” ~ Revelation 1:17
30. “Jesus told him, ‘Don’t be afraid; just believe.’” ~ Mark 5:36
31. “And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.” ~ Romans 8:38-39
32. “The Lord your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.” ~ Zephaniah 3:17
33. “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”…He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you…For he will command his angels concerning you, to guard you in all your ways…“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him…” from Psalm 91:1-16
Be assured, He is with you in whatever you face, in the turmoil and struggles, amidst the anxious thoughts and the worries of life. He is there, strengthening, helping, and He holds you in His hands.
God is greater. He gives us the power to live courageously, boldly, fearlessly in this life, when many things that surround us would tell us to be afraid. His truth whispers strong and sure to the deepest core of our spirits.
“Do not fear.”
It's 8:24 in the evening and I am enjoying a few peaceful, quiet moments sitting on my porch listening as night sounds begin to sing. There are birds chirping faintly and the sun is fading behind the homes across the street leaving in its wake a multitude of hues; peach, pink, purple and blue. A few day lilies remain showing their vibrant colors and the black-eyes susans have begun to bloom. I marvel that day light lingers allowing me visually to enjoy the beauty around me.
There are many times of the year I enjoy, but I would probably surmise that summer evenings are one of my favorites. No sweaters or blankets are needed, only shorts, tee-shirts and flip-flops need to be worn into the night as the smell of newly mowed grass wafts on the slight breeze welcoming the oncoming night.
As the night sounds grow louder I think about all those nights of summer growing up in Virginia. So many of my memories of summer were formed there. As a motorcycle passes by I remember riding with my dad on his Harley. Seems you can't have summer without a motorcycle ride or at least the memory of one. Our rural community was one where everyone knew each other and we all basically went to the same community church. So many great memories...
I pray that all the people in America will remember how blessed we are to live in this great country. Whatever agendas being initiated through civil unrest, division, past faults of historical leaders and generally attacking America, I would ask that we pray for all of those who seek to destroy this nation and its people. There are many vulnerable people being swayed and robbed of contentment which can only be found in Jesus Christ. As Christian believers we need to pray for them as Jesus did; be an example of love, but hold fast to our faith as we live as stellar witnesses before the world.
I would love for all Americans to experience a night of sitting quietly watching as the earth goes to sleep being sung to by night sounds. There is so much more to life than being angry. May God lay His mighty hand on this great land and heal us.
Thought for the Day: "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path." Proverbs 3:5-6 (The way my Mama says it)
As most of you know from reading my blogs, I have a mother, 98 years old, in a nursing facility. Numerous times I have mentioned she is blind and is suffering with dementia. Occasionally mom is "with me" and we can have a relatively good conversation, but then there are those moments when I realize immediately I might as well turn around and leave.
With the Covid factor it's been extremely difficult to visit mom. The last time I was in the same room with her was last February. Now, I am fully cognizant many of you are dealing with the same situation and my situation is not unique. It was June before I made the 5 1/2 hour trip from Pittsburgh to visit after all the Covid warnings began in mid-March. The weather at that time was tolerable, mom had five good days in a row for the 10-15 minutes on each occasion, and I was able to see her clearly from a large window.
Last week, in July, we attempted to do the same. With temperatures in the high 90's and the heat index over 100 degrees, it wasn't easy trying to communicate through a window. The facility is still not allowing visitors to enter and the only way I can get her favorite cereal to her is through the postal service! There are no cases of Covid in the facility and for that I am deeply grateful, but this is truly hard to be on the outside looking in.
Mom didn't have as many good days this visit as before, but God graciously gave us a glimpse of yesteryear. On my last visit before heading home to Pittsburgh, I asked mom if she would like to repeat the 23rd Psalm and she immediately began with "The Lord is my Shepherd...". I only clarified her a couple of times. Then I asked if she wanted to repeat her favorite Bible verse. She asked me what it was and I started with Proverbs 3:5-6 and she began, "Trust in the Lord..." and repeated it with very little assistance. We prayed together and I told her I would be back as soon as I could. As I walked away from the window I thought maybe I wouldn't get to be in that room with her again, but I know where mom is headed when she draws her last breath. She's going to be with Jesus, my dad, her parents and sisters and all those who have gone before.
Covid....it's costing us a great deal of inconvenience, but if wearing a mask or being tested would allow me to sit at the bedside of my mother talking, singing, reading the Bible and sharing about being heaven bound, what a small price to pay to touch her hand and let her know I'm there.
In this age of unrest, let's focus on what we do have and be grateful instead of looking back at injustices. Let's begin a new tomorrow by praying for one another, loving one another and rejoicing on being heaven bound!
Thought for the Day: Psalm 55:22 (NIV). Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken. Matthew 11:28-29 (NIV) “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” 1 Peter 5:7 (NIV) Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
Walking on the trail this morning I came to one of our overpasses where a mother, grandmother and a little girl approximately two years old caught my eye. The little girl’s mode of transportation, a stroller, was positioned in front of them, empty. I assume the little one wanted to walk and not be confined to a stroller or perhaps her mother’s or grandmother’s pace. She decided instead to walk. Nearing the three of them, I noticed the little girl sitting in the middle of the overpass, seemingly very comfortable and not desiring to move. Mom was trying to give reasons she needed to hop back into the stroller, but as I passed them I commented to the adults, “Some days I feel exactly the same!”
Today was one of those times when I honestly asked if God would send me an angel. Maybe I’ve been watching too many Hallmark movies of Angel Falls, but I would readily have quite a conversation with an angelic messenger from God. Instead, God decided to send me a message by way of a little girl and her stroller.
You see, there are many instances where I figure I can do all the walking on my own. After all, I’m a Christian; I’ve been given spiritual upbringing which taught me how to pray, study, write and even speak about issues of faith. Walking in the faith is a breeze! But times of slowing my pace due to burdens appears to be increasing; personal issues I can’t grasp or understand, diagnoses I’m scared of returning, friends that are going through dire experiences with cancer or awaiting results to see if cancer has returned, and those whose “normal” has completely been uprooted through the death of a loved one or spouse. Not to mention all the unrest in the country; dissension, protesting and pandemic that has the entire world fearing to step outside their doors.
I, too, want to sit down in the middle of the road and just not move. Life has become a heavy backpack that I simply can’t carry anymore. Actually, as I began to think about this little girl and her empty stroller, I remembered the scripture I referenced in the Thought for the Day, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” Jesus has asked us to give all the cares and concerns to him because “if it’s not light, it’s not right” for us to handle. We need to leave all the issues of anxiety, confusion, disease, and death with the only One who can fill us with peace. “For I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
When will the rest come? When will peace be found? Well, I certainly can’t give an answer, but I do know we were not made to stay on this earth permanently. What we encounter this side of heaven will one day dissipate. We were made to live eternally with our Creator God and until He returns we need to keep putting one foot in front of the other. And when that’s not possible, get in the stroller and let God take the lead directing your moments until He calls you home. Stop fighting His Will and just surrender yours.
Although, Lord, I asked for an angel today, you sent me a message through a little girl and her empty stroller. Jesus, I give you the lead and ask that you protect, watch over and bless all those I care for, love and pray for multiple times each day. May we come to know you as Lord before breath leaves these earthly bodies. In whose name I pray, Amen!
Thought for the Day: For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1 ESV
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Galations 3:20 ESV
Bound, what an interesting word. If you look for the definition of this term the following explanations can be collected: 1) placed under legal or moral restraint or obligation; and
2) fastened by as if by a band : confined. There are other descriptions for this word, but I think we get the picture. To be bound means there are restrictions; legal, moral or perhaps physical. No one truly wants to be bound by anyone, anything, anywhere or anyhow. It’s the human carnal way.
The world, which I feel is currently is running amuck, is demanding we need to break free of our historical connection with the subject of slavery. In order to break free this new movement is requiring the removal of any reminder concerning the existence of slavery and anyone associated historically with its use. Although you could interview various individuals all day, I dare say you would come up empty with even one person that has experienced this lifestyle. I would go so far as to say genealogies of past generations would need to be consulted before any family member surfaced that lived a life of slavery.
It’s not a pleasant recollection and it personally makes me sick to my stomach to think about the injustices that people with a different skin color had to endure in yesteryear. But the fact we don’t agree with past history certainly doesn’t make it disappear. I decided to investigate by way of the internet concerning this subject and try to uncover the actual number of slaves that were involved in slavery from 1776-1865. This is not an exhaustive search, mind you; but I wanted a bit of information regarding the numbers. I found through an article written by an Alex Kasprak, that at the peak of slavery in 1860, only about 1.4% of Americans owned slaves. Surprisingly, there was a number of 3,000 blacks who owned a total of 20,000 slaves. That was something I didn’t expect to find.
But let’s move from this particular issue being addressed throughout the country today and focus on the many individuals truly bound in every sense of the word living in today’s society. I believe we should recognize their plight and place these men, women and children within the core of mainstream attention. These are not generation past injustices and historical facts. These are current alarming and upsetting situations and percentages that were given three years ago…can you imagine what the percentages are today?
Sex trafficking; (written by the Human Rights First Organization) in 2017, 24.9 million victims are trapped in modern day slavery. Sixteen million (64%) exploited for labor; 4.8 million (19%) sexually exploited; 4.1 million (17%) exploited in state-imposed forced labor. Out of that number 71% are women and girls; 29% are men and boys with 15.4 million victims (75%) 18 and older and sadly 5.5 million are children under 18. These numbers are not reflective of only the United States, but we have to be kidding ourselves to think it’s not happening within our borders.
Abortions; a subject that is taboo for most, (American Life League) states in 2017, there were 862,320 abortions conducted. Although our numbers have declined, can you imagine 862,320 babies being discarded?? As a point of comparison, in 2020, the state of South Dakota was recorded to have a population of 892,631 people!
Abuse; (Martin R. Huecker and William Smock) state family and domestic health violence are estimated to affect 10 million people in the United States every year! A power struggle ensues and abusive behavior surfaces. Intimate partner violence; sexual or physical, psychological aggression, stalking. There is child abuse of any and all kinds; once again it all made me ill while I was researching therefore I will not go into detail as to what is occurring. To top it off we have elder abuse; the elders of our nation being abused by those who are supposed to be taking care of them!
And let’s not forget depression. There are estimated about 16.2 million adults in the United States; 6.7% of American adults dealing with at least one major depressive episode in a given year. Whether it be bipolar, seasonal, postpartum or a hormonal imbalance due to stress, depression is real, and people are walking through this cave of darkness while the nation is filled with unrest and unresolved issues.
And we in America are placing all our focus on issues that happened so long ago we can’t identify anyone that is currently living under those restraints?
Let’s stop blaming others and start loving our neighbors, friends, family and even those we don’t like too much. God has commanded us to love Him first and then to love others as ourselves. You wouldn’t throw a two-liter frozen water bottle at yourself, or someone you love, would you? And yet recently policemen standing in defense of private property suffered frozen bottles of water being hurdled at them from several stories above where they were standing, and they did not engage.
It only takes one person to change his/her attitude and a possible chain reaction might begin. I am appalled at some of the historical behavior that is recorded, but I believe it’s been left behind so we learn from our past and be better citizens and neighbors, not resurrect the feeling of indebtedness. Exactly who is supposed to pay the debt? Didn’t Christ die on the Cross to settle the sin debt for all time? For ALL sins of EVERY person regardless of what decade they occurred?
Honestly, we are all bound to something. We need to lay all those situations whether physical, mental, emotional, financial or spiritual at the foot of the Cross and begin to live as one nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for ALL. We will never move forward if everyone is doing what is right in their own eyes without any regard for God at all. How can this nation be blessed and heal when we have asked our Creator to take a backseat so we can personally direct the focus of our own lives? God help us all!
We call out to you, Lord. With sad and broken hearts for our nation and one another. Please anoint us and fill us with love, peace, and the firm assurance You will make all things new…but until then, may we be the people of God we were created to be. In the Name that is above all Names, Jesus, I pray, Amen….
Thought for the Day: “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he." Proverbs 23:7 (NKJV)
During this time of pandemic many companies have offered their films and productions by way of streaming reaching a large audience. This has given most of us an opportunity to view in our living rooms Broadway plays that otherwise would have been missed. One such Broadway play distributed through streaming is the production of Hamilton.
Although hubby and I had heard much about this play, we could never find tickets and then, of course, when the tickets emerged they were quite costly. When we discovered it was on Disney + and we happen to have that particular link, we decided to settle in and watch this popular play written about the life of Alexander Hamilton.
To be perfectly honest, I did not know a lot about Alexander Hamilton. I knew he signed the Declaration of Independence, but the countless writings he felt urged to pen was completely unknown to me. The way the play was presented was entirely different and it took a few minutes to acclimate to the rap version of conversation. But once we caught on combined with the numerous dance numbers, well, we known exactly why this play has been popular. Additionally, Hamilton tells a story about this man’s life, his contributions, his mistakes, his background, his attitude regarding others and his love for his country.
One particular mistake, an affair, might have cost him a run for the presidency. As I thought about this fact, I compared it with leaders today and how that point alone seems not to carry any credence. Regardless of his lapse in judgement, Alexander Hamilton made significant historical contributions through treasured documents that are in place today. Should his faults overshadow his contributions? Absolutely not! Because we hopefully learn from our mistakes. We grow in those depths of discouragement and disappointment. We expectantly mature and do better next time.
In our current world atmosphere, it appears Americans want retribution for mistakes that happened hundreds of years ago. Please don’t misinterpret what I am writing. We need to confront racism. We need to recognize all men and women were created equal and behave as such, not only in word, but with our actions. When one citizen is harmed, we should all be appalled regardless of the color of skin. As we have heard numerous times, we all bleed the same color.
The point that I make today is history cannot be erased. There are an astronomical amount of shortcomings that have been made throughout the birth pains of America, but it culminates to form American history. Have you researched those whose statues have been erected and are demanding immediate removal? Are there more Alexander Hamiltons to be understood for the good they did that hopefully overshadows the wrongs?
Exactly what issues are we hanging our hats on today? Weigh their significance and stand up for them, but please research the individuals who are perpetrating, funding and pushing through agendas that have nothing to do with your cause. They just might be using your heartfelt, deeply believed concerns to bring down this great nation built on the blood, sweat and tears of hard-working Americans. Let’s be discerning, informed individuals and be astute with well-informed knowledge before placing our monies into the pockets of those who would seek to do our country harm.
History cannot be erased. Statues can be toppled, attempts to rewrite history made, but God Almighty is still on the throne and this will go on for so long and then answers will need to be given to the One who has graciously given us these freedoms.
Help us Father to be the people of God we need to be during times of unrest.