Spiritually Speaking for week of January, 5 2012

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By Pearl Harper

  Spiritually Speaking

Pearl Harper


Born before 1945? We are survivors!

This thought I am using today may make some think I am referring to a certain person or happening but I assure you I am not. My uncle gave me this list if metaphors, words that suggest a likeness to them or not. I have had a copy for over 15 years. The heading was if you were born before 1945, I was, and this is how much some definition to some words have changed.         

We are survivors. Consider some of the changes we have witnessed. We were born before television, penicillin, polio shots, frozen foods, Xerox, plastic, contact lens, Frisbees, the pill, radar, credit cards, spilt atoms, laser beams, ball point pens, panty hose, dishwashers, clothes dryers, electric blankets, air conditioners, drip dry clothes, computers and before anybody walked on the moon.

We got married first and then lived together.

How quaint. In our time closets were for clothes not for coming out of, bunnies were small rabbits and rabbits were not Volkswagens. Designer jeans were scheming; girls named Jean or Jeanne and having a meaningful relationship meant getting along well with our cousins.

We thought fast food was what you ate during Lent, and outer space was the back of the Bijou Theater. We were before house husbands, gay rights, computer dating, dual careers, day care centers, group therapy, and nursing homes. We never heard of FM radio, CDs, computers, cellular phones, artificial hearts, word processors, yogurt and guys wearing earrings. For us, time sharing meant togetherness, not computers or condominiums, a chip meant a piece of wood, hardware meant screws and nails and software wasn’t even a word.

In 1940, made in Japan meant junk and the term making out referred to how you did on your exam. Pizzas, McDonalds, Burger King and instant coffee were unheard of. We hit the scene when there were five and dime stores, where you actually bought things for five and 10 cents. For one nickel you could ride a streetcar, buy a cake or enough stamps to mail a letter and two postcards. You could buy a new Chevy coupe for $600 but who could afford one? A pity too, because gas was 11 cents a gallon.

In our day grass was mowed, Coke was a cold drink, and pot was something you cooked in. Rock music was grandma’s lullaby.

We were certainly not before the difference between the sexes was discovered but we were surely before the sex change, we had to make do with what we had, and we were the last generation that was so dumb as to think you needed a husband to have a baby. No wonder we are so confused and that there is a generation gap today.

But we survived.

You may take offense to some of this article, but I just worded how things were for over 1900 years, and from 1945 until today many things have changed in out culture. We need to be aware some changes were not good as I have written many times, following the 10 commandments (Exodus 20:3-17) and loving God well make a much better healthier, happy world.

God doesn’t sent bad things our way but when we cease to trust him for direction. Our enemy begins to set snares to trap us. Also he never gets tired of attacking us, but the more we learn to trust God and depend on him the more our faith grows.

God Bless