Spiritually Speaking for week of November 8, 2012

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By Pearl Harper

Spiritually Speaking
Pearl Harper
We must be mindful of the condition of our soul

As I attempted to start this article Oct. 30, I had just watched the reports concerning the storm Sandy and the devastation it was causing across seven states. Eight million people out of power, five subway tunnels flooded.
 My finite mind cannot comprehend the scope of the devastation or things destroyed or ruined.
 Certainly some of these states, especially New York is the hub or center of much activity concerning world affairs. My mind cannot grasp all of the things this will effect. I am sure we will learn more in the next few days.
 I have written many times concerning things that are happening in our world. Yes, some have always happened, but have you noticed it is like birth pains? They are happening more and more frequent and becoming stronger.
 There is a praise song that says “My hope is in you Lord, my hope is in you.” As I look around that song becomes more real to me. My heart goes out to those in distress. When I’ve considered all things, we had better have hope in something because all things come to the just and the unjust.
Christ told the multitude in Matthew 5:45, “For he (God) maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good and sendeth rain on the just and unjust.”
When things happen on this magnitude being a Christian, my first thought is if any deaths occur, were they prepared? Of course in the course of our daily lives we can’t do anything about yesterday, and we don’t always know what is coming tomorrow, so we had better live the best we know how today.
In Matthew chapters 5,6,7, Christ gives advice on how we should live, as He taught the disciples and the multitude. Two verses, Matthew 6:33-34, comes to mind for our day and everyday, “But seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow for the morrow shall take thought of things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”
Luke’s account of Matthew 24 has a word in it that certainly alludes to our day. Luke 21:25 “… and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the seas and the waves rearing.” Interesting word perplexity it means confusion or complicated; puzzled by situations, no one having answers.”
When drugs started appearing on the scene in the early 1970s in our beautiful towns, it disturbed me greatly, and even more so today. Now there is another great threat, alcohol. No, I am not naïve in this area, my grandfather was an alcoholic and my dad had a hard time overcoming being an alcoholic.
But have you noticed alcohol is flourishing, promoted and accepted at every level. It is literally being pushed everywhere, I don’t know of many places in Lafollette that it is not being sold. It is rampant in college age kids; swallowing up our youth.
Why does all this bother me as it did in the 1970s? When our mind is numb from thinking reasonable, whether drugs or alcohol we do not have sound thinking. I will add, we don’t have much common sense if we are caught in this trap in the first place.
As in the 1970s, the thing that disturbed me greatly was that drugs make an individual unable to focus properly or to make good judgments, or perceive distances well enough to drive.
But the most disturbing of all, is if something life threatening happens they are in no condition to prepare for how they will spend eternity. We must be mindful of the condition of our souls, in every situation.
God bless.