Saturday, November 8, 2008


The election is over and we have a new commander in chief. Some of you are thrilled with the choice and some are not, but, regardless, we can only speculate and hope that the president elect will be able to solve a world of ills. Many are jobless, many living in fear that their position will be cut, some have seen their retirement funds go down in value and now wonder if you can ever truly retire.

It's so easy to be negative and cynical, after all, we've seen so many things we took for granted disappear. We've seen the fat cats at the big companies that we're bailing out, get richer and richer and the little people be cheated out of their savings. We've heard scandal after scandal surrounding our politicians and it seems nobody's held accountable. Don't we have the RIGHT to be wary of the future. Does anybody really have our back?

I believe that yes, it would be easy to choose the negative over the positive, to respond with,"Yeah, right. Everything's gonna be fine", or a series of similar sarcastic remarks. But what does that serve? Someone always has our back. God has our back. We may not understand why things happen as they do, but we have to believe God is in charge. "Yeah, right". Yes, right! He is and He always will be. He doesn't expect us to go it alone. On the contrary, He wants us to ask for help and the strength to muster through whatever comes our way.

We're worried and scared and we don't know what to expect anymore. Our world has changed and on a monumental scale. There are those who are experiencing hardship and sorrow that years ago was confined to out-of-the-way places. Now, it's touching US and...what's next? I don't have that answer. The only thing I KNOW is that God offers His grace, His Love and His strength and believing that makes all the difference. I also know He wants us to come to Him in prayer and ask for help.

You know, it's so interesting when you talk to some folks about the power of prayer and they come back with, "I prayed to God for...(fill in the blank) and it didn't happen! He doesn't answer prayer!" The problem with that proof that He doesn't answer is that it doesn't take into account the other answers. Other answers? What I mean by that is that sometimes the answer is NO or Not Now or Not ever. He does reserve the right to determine what's best for us. And sometimes what we think is the best doesn't match what He thinks is best. Imagine that. God knows what's best for us.

Coming back to the election, let me just say that, when the man that was elected takes occupancy of the White House, my hope is that he will fulfill all the promises he made pre-election and that the world we leave behind will be one that we can leave our grandchildren with pride and confidence. We, that is we adults, don't have a lot of time in the great scheme of things, but the changes need to occur and they have a better chance of happening if we remain positive. Negativity is like a virulent cancer. It can spread and spread to the point that it negates anything that has a chance of being positive. In the face of so much, let's rely on God and the positiveness that only He can give.

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