All time high fuel prices for gasoline and heating are changing this county’s spending habits and this together with increasing food prices are squeezing the average family’s monthly budget. Plummeting home prices and historical mortgage foreclosures are creating economic havoc worldwide. Throw in the ever higher costs for drug and health care, not to mention rampant government waste which in turn raises federal, state and local taxes. Unprecedented natural disasters and famine are taking the lives of tens of thousands of men, women and children and creating chaos worldwide. And don’t forget the dire predictions concerning global warming. All this and you have the ideal prescription for discontent, anger and hopelessness. Some call it the perfect storm.
“They reeled and staggered like drunkards;
they were at their wits’ end.”
There is a wide gap between the have’s and the have not’s in this country but the majority of us fall somewhere in between. At long last we are finally becoming a society focused on need, not want. The whims of pleasure are being overridden by the necessities of life. We are now witnessing a social change not seen for generations as we enter a cycle of unbridled and unrestricted selfishness. Witness for example the new trend of extensive hoarding and the deadly global food riots of recent months.
But there is an answer to all this turmoil and it is called trust,
“Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress.
He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed.
They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven.”
Psalm 107: 28-30
May your life’s journey be as peaceful and calm.