Thursday, September 25, 2008

Officially Concerned

I'm having a gut check. It's about the economy. If you're not thinking about it yet, please do so. This is one of the national moments where we're going to need everyone's full attention. The American Dream is being channeled down Nightmare Lane.

Here's what's scary. I get the feeling that no one, I mean no one seems to know how to fix what ails us. Economists are shaking their heads and CEO's are weeping into their golden parachute. Some politicians are even speaking straight knowing that now is not the time to posture.

Bill and Suzy middle-class are looking into a very uncertain future and the poor are going to see some support networks ripped up from under them as non-profits see income slip. It's hard to even think of what happens to the poor in under-served countries around the world.

So, it's a scary time. Gut check time.

Where does my hope rest?

It's not in politics.
It can't be the economy.
It can't be in my already meager retirement plan.

My faith?

Is it big enough for a time like this? Do I really believe all those things that I proclaim? Is my God bigger than this economic crisis?

Is Jesus enough?

Those are big questions.

Do me a favor. Start to pray. Really pray. Our country is in a bind. We need God's wisdom and discernment. Get down on your knees and pray. This is scary stuff.

Pray that government leaders will work in non-partisan ways and quit the inane finger pointing.

As God for a bigger portion of faith. We're going to need it.

Ask God to show us how to be 'community' with one another. We might need each other in ways we never had before.

Pray that resources will be poured out to the underesourced in miraculous ways.

Pray for hope.

Pray that all this might help our culture to see that we can't be our own God. It silly. We do need the Lord, to lean into His wisdom and compassion. To understand that He's God. We're not.

This could be the time when our faith is tested. We'll find out what's real and what's not.

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