I flipped on the television this morning and was channel surfing when I saw an advertisement for an Emergency Food Supply. It was running on one of the Christian stations. It caught my eye, because just the week before I had seen a large display of these same buckets at Sam's Club. Costco also featured them in an ad.
|The Emergency Food Storage bucket as featured in the Costco Wholesale flyer. 3/23/17 - 4/17/17.|
The speaker on TV was talking about how important this was to have not just because of weather emergencies, or power outages, but because of the coming Apocalypse. What? My first reaction was what is the matter with these people? Isn't that God's choice, not ours? Are these people trying to bring an apocalypse about? I just don't understand! Furthermore, why are they cultivating fear, and then trying to make money from it?
Then I went to church. Today's sermon was called Receive Reconciliation, and in his message, Pastor Dave was talking about how divided we have become as Christians. How we judge one another, and limit ourselves to a group that shares our same views, rather than reach out and share and communicate with those who believe differently. You know, like I had been doing just an hour earlier.
Once again, I came to church in need, and received an important lesson which will help me through the coming weeks. Our scripture was from Romans 5. I especially like verse 2-4,
Because of our faith, Christ has brought us to the grace in which we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to the day on which we will become all that God has intended. But not only that -- we even rejoice in our afflictions! We know that affliction produces perseverance, and perseverance, proven character; and character, hope.So I choose hope! I choose to keep working to make this world a better place, by doing whatever I can to be kind and caring. I choose not to live in fear. I choose to try to be a better person who takes the time to listen and understand others.
Later in the day I met my sister to walk at Copper Creek. It was a breezy but glorious day. When I told her about the ad for the the Emergency Food Supply, she reminded me that this fear seems to be cyclical. There was a great deal of talk about the end of times at the millennium just 17 years ago, and again a few years ago when we reached the end of the Aztec calendar. I had forgotten about all of that.
I am grateful for hope, I am grateful for my church and Pastor Dave, and I am incredibly grateful for my beautiful sister, Jacci.
I really loved the greeting that we began the worship service with:
"He drew a circle that shut me out--
Heretic, a rebel, a thing to flout.
But Love and I had the wit to win:
We drew a circle that took him in!" --Edwin Markham
I choose hope and love, and everything that goes with it!