Power for Pressurized Living
In one of Simon Garfunkle's songs, there are these haunting words:
I don't know a soul that's not been battered,
Don't have a friend, who feels at ease,
Don't know a dream that's not been shattered
Or driven to its knees.
How can person whose life seems to be hurting as in the Simon and Garfunkle song find peace and joy?
How can a life that is in a downward spiral begin to reverse that trend and begin making positive progress?
Certainly, it is sad to know that there are so many people in our world, in our Churches who are hurting, whose souls have been battered and whose dreams have been shattered and they have been driven to their knees.
You know we have created awesome problems for ourselves in this age. Problems that cause us to live in what has been termed pressurized living.
We looked, and everything was going so well. Success and progress were the order of the day; affluence was the watchword of society, but then something happen. The great cosmos turned to chaos.
We were told that God was dead, so we began to make strange gods for ourselves, strange gods that did a lot for us for a while but suddenly became silent. We are not to say that great things were not accomplished and great things were not done.
We were able to improve our medical care, enrich our nutrition, but as a result we created a population crisis. These strange gods enabled us to shift our population into city centers but we created an urban crisis. Our strange gods helped us increase our gross national product but in the process we created an ecological crisis.
We learn to live for the moment, never mind the future, ignore the meaning of sin, defy the laws of God, defile the land of God, deny the Lord, reject the 10 commandments, sear our conscience, and the result was that we have created a moral crisis.
We ask oursel ...
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