With Easter now passed and all the talk of resurrection stilled, with Holy Week over and the dawn of “regular” time now upon us, I have to wonder—did I miss it?
Many times when reading the Bible, I’m struck by how fearful people were to approach their king.
Today, however, we don’t have kings in the traditional sense (at least not in America). We are a nation without a sovereign—and always have been—a people unacquainted with fear of a king. Perhaps that is why (at least in part) we’ve become a people unacquainted with fear of the Lord—the King of all kings.
The opening words of Charles Dickens’s infamous novel, A Tale of Two Cities, aptly describe my mood as we approach Inauguration Day 2017: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair…”
To sum it up, I’m torn. I want to be hopeful, but I’m hesitant. I want to applaud, but I’m tentative. I want to feel proud of our nation and our president, but instead I find myself feeling apprehensive.
So what do I do?
Prayer is one of those crazy words like love that is overused and therefore undervalued in the English language. Just as I can love a chili cheese dog or love my newborn child, I can pray by reciting a mindless poem before bedtime or I can pray by pouring out my heart to the very […]
I wanted my friend to nod her head and agree with my rant about the direction our nation was headed. I was, after all, quite eloquent as I bemoaned my list of grievances: ISIS and other looming terror threats, our egregious national debt, deteriorating race relations, the downward spiral of American morality, and of course the coming election that seemed more like a circus sideshow than anything I could take seriously . . . “I mean, can you even imagine the kind of future our children are going to inherit?!”
But she didn’t nod. Instead, she suggested that I be a part of the solution and gave me a challenge.