Let us digress for a while and wax philosophic if we may:
I am almost sorry to have to break the bubble of some of those stuff shirts who live on the fringe right but I guess I have to this morning so here goes:
Liberals, Progressives and Democrats are human beings too and God loves us just as much as he loves you! I get the idea sometimes . . . from some of the nasty things that a lot of Righties say . . do . . and write . . that they think they have an exclusive passport to the blessings of God. To that I say, “Wrong!”
People who live left of the political center also have their share of daily challenges . . . worries . . . struggles. No one is actually immune from struggles. God promises Life to be sure . . . but nowhere does He provide a “Rose Garden.” There is always going to be struggle of one kind or another . . . from the struggle to be born . . . to the everyday struggles of daily living . . . to the struggles at the end of life.
The struggles of living are not ever going to be resolved completely in what is going on in Politics. I know there are some people who act like they believe their every problem has a political solution but it isn’t always true. In fact . . I believe it is true less often than not. Politics are means by which to approach solutions to problems but politics are not the end all and be all of solutions. Most problems are solved . . . mitigated . . . made less challenging . . . overcome . . . at a much higher level than the political panacea. There are no political silver bullets.
Granted the “silver bullets” fashioned by Liberals are far more appealing to the world in general than those from the other side of the fence . . . because those fashioned by Liberal hands are more compassionate toward those among us who may have the greatest needs and the least ability to do anything about getting those needs met.
So what is the answer? What is it that we should do when things start to turn ugly in our lives and it appears there is something nasty coming our way and we feel powerless to do anything about it?
Somebody I used to read a lot about . . . I can’t remember exactly who right now . . . had a saying that I have found to be invaluable in meeting challenges head on. The saying went like this:
“If you are going to worry . . . why bother to pray?
If you are going to pray . . . why bother to worry?”
It makes a lot of sense to me and I have drawn a lot of strength from that saying over the years as life has attempted . . . on more than once occasion . . . to push me to the pit of no return.
I have met a lot of people who say they cannot use what this saying has to offer because . . . for whatever the reason . . . they don’t believe in God . . . or something like that.
I have often said to some of those people . . . Atheists and Agnostics . . . “Hey! It’s O.K., that you wish to disbelieve God but . . . pray anyway! You may not believe in God but God certainly believes in you. So whether you believe in God or not . . . pray because He hears every prayer and always answers one way or the other.”
The three ways that God . . . whether you believe in God or not . . . answers prayer is: (A) “Yes”, (B) “No” and (C) “Wait awhile.”
No matter what else we try when things get difficult the first thing we ought to do is turn to God . . . whether we say we believe in God or not . . . because sometimes whatever our struggles are . . . something or someone bigger than us enters the fray and blows all the clouds away. Besides . . . prayer is cheap . . . doesn’t cost a dime . . . . . can be done in total seclusion so nobody else can see and make fun of us . . . and fulfills part of the yearning of the deeper person within each of us.
I have always said, “The perfect proof that God exists is the fact that Human Kind has always searched for The Divine.” Given the History of Humanity . . . I would say that seeking after God is an obsession of the species. If that is true then there must be something substantial to it all. If there is something substantial then it must be worth considering. If it is worth considering it just may be profitable to pursue.