How many times have we heard someone cry out to God in times of crisis? I think back to instances such as 9/11, Columbine, Hurricane Katrina, etc. and think about our media, who otherwise would put up a tremendous fight about religion, call on us to PRAY as a nation for those who are suffering. We are raising a confused generation here. They are told that God has no place in our schools or in our government, even though this is a nation founded on religious freedoms and principles. Yet, when we suffer, we want to turn to God to ask his help and forget that God needs to be thanked when we are blessed! People want to pray to God to ease the pain and suffering but out of the other sides of their mouths, they will blame God for allowing such tradgedy to occur. Do you really think that our God would allow pain and suffering just to feed his ego so that we are forced to call on him for his help?? I don't think so!
My God is a God of peace, love, mercy, and grace. He is there on the mountain tops and rejoices with me. He carries me through the valleys when I am too weak to stand. The founding fathers of this nation got it right. In God We Trust.....and we should! Until we do as a unified nation, it is up to the individual to raise up their children to know their God, trust their God, and love their God with all of their heart. Above all else, our children need to know the meaning and live the definition of the word "RESPECT". If this is a foundation building block, the structure of their lives will remain strong and steady.
This is an email I received from my good friend, Erin. This is what got me to thinking about what I wrote above:
An atheist was walking through the woods. 'What majestic trees'! 'What powerful rivers'! 'What beautiful animals'! He said to himself. As he was walking alongside the river, he heard a rustling in the bushes behind him. He turned to look. He saw a 7-foot grizzly bear charge towards him. He ran as fast as he could up the path. He looked over his shoulder & saw that the bear was closing in on him. He looked over his shoulder again, & the bear was even closer . He tripped & fell on the ground. He rolled over to pick himself up but saw that the bear was right on top of him, reaching for him with his left paw & ; raising his right paw to strike him. At that instant the Atheist cried out, 'Oh my God!' Time Stopped.The bear froze.The forest was silent.As a bright light shone upon the man, a voice came out of the sky. 'You deny my existence for all these years, teach others I don't exist and even credit creation to cosmic accident.' 'Do you expect me to help you out of this predicament? A m I to count you as a believer'? The atheist looked directly into the lig ht, 'It would be hypocritical of me to suddenly ask you to treat me as a Christian now, but perhaps you could make the BEAR a Christian'?'Very Well,' said the voice. The light went out. The sounds of the forest resumed. And the bear dropped his right paw, brought both paws together, bowed his head & spoke: 'Lord bless this food, which I am about to receive from thy bounty through Christ our Lord, Amen.'