When did we lose the wonder and awe of our Heavenly Father?
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1 (NIV) How can we not be awed by all His creation around us? It is becoming more difficult to see it because now we see parking lots where there were fields and trees, the stars cannot compete with all the bright lights of cities, animals killed on roadways as their habitat shrinks. But how often do you take a few minutes to watch a sunset, listen to the birds sing or hear the whisper of the waves on the beach? Do we stop and ponder the miracle of our own bodies? We should make an effort to appreciate what God has given us as the old quote goes and “Stop and smell the roses.”
When did we lose the compassion for the elderly, the unborn?
Have you ever visited a nursing home? So many of the elderly there are without family, without love and spend their days in quiet, resigned despair. Are we too busy to visit, to talk with them for a few minutes, give them a hug? “Whatever you did not do for the least of these, you did not do for me.” Matthew 25:44(NIV) “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows…” James 1:27(NIV) I won’t remind you of the criminal horrors of abortion.
When did we lose our commitment to love our neighbor?
Mark 12:33 (NIV) “…love your neighbor as yourself…” The Golden Rule is as old as time itself, a verse that most of the world is familiar with, I dare say, but is it prevalent today? Have you read in the newspapers recently about lawsuits between neighbors because “the children were playing on my lawn,” the dog barks too much, the cat scratches in my flower bed, I don’t like the sign he puts up on his lawn.” How petty and unforgiving.
When did we lose the value of tradition and history?
One of the first things that came to mind is no Bibles in the schools, no observance of Sunday by allowing stores to be open; then the obvious ‘Happy Holidays’ and ‘Happy Spring’(Easter). For lack of space I won’t go on mentioning so many other rights and values that have been lost. As for history, what better way to follow God’s expectations for His people than studying the Bible?
When did we stop looking to His Word for direction?
Psalm 25:12 “Who then is the man that fears the Lord? He will instruct him in the way chosen for him.” Proverbs 16:9 “In his heart man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.” (NIV)
May God grant us the Grace to see His wonder, to feel His compassion, to love our neighbors, to respect lessons learned from the past and to seek His Kingdom through His Word. Amen