Young man shoots several at Colorado cinema. Badly injured German Shepherd found in dumpster. Drought destroying crops, livelihoods, and livestock. People struck by lightning. Suicide bomber detonates bomb in marketplace, killing dozens. Killing not spurned by racism, but committed in self-defense.
Reading / hearing the news every day can make you wonder if this world isn’t doomed and soon. I know, I know, focus on the positive and not the depressing. Detach from negativity. Would love to. Want to. Tough, though, when it’s always in your face. Even if you don’t turn on the TV or radio, people are talking about what’s happened that morning or what’s unraveling at the time of conversation.
Are “prophets” correct? Is this really the beginning of the end? Will we embrace Armageddon soon? Is the Antichrist on his way? Or are we merely going through tragic, trying times—ones where more than ever we need to hold close our beliefs, maintain faith and confidence, and trust that good can still, and will, prevail.
Every one of us has it within to be kind, benevolent, and caring. Unfortunately, greed, selfishness, and a need for supremacy are also within. It’s tempting and all too simple for some to exploit others or to appropriate that which they desire. So what else is new? Hasn’t it been this way since time began?
You’d think we’d learn. You’d think we find new paths. You’d think we’d accept God and not squabble or kill in His name. To quote from a fabulous song (“Where is the Love?”) by the Black-Eyed Peas, if I may:
Father, Father, Father Help us, Send us some guidance from above . . . .
I’m always saying “keep the faith”, and today, more than ever, we need to do this—whatever that faith may mean to each and every one of us.
Here’s to better days coming soon . . .