rarestia, I think this nation is close to judgement. However, His people are always preserved, a remnant anyway. We have been through worse, whether one defines ‘we’ as Americans or as people of faith. For Americans, the Revolution and the Civil War were total. For many sovereign tribes, US Gov efforts approached genocide. For people of faith, pharaoh, the Philistines, the Seleucids, the Romans and Islam come easily to mind.
All of us struggle with despair in these dismal, decadent and small minded times. The fact of the matter is that to succumb to despair is not an option. We are instructed to hope and to persevere. Instructed. Mandated. Those are orders, sir or madam. Orders. By God’s grace, we will carry them out.
Remember the exodus. Be dressed, rested, fed, supplied, watchful and ready to travel without looking back. Not everyone will make it but everyone will have a part to play.
I understand the weight, but understanding that it is our charge to bear up under that weight does make it lighter, or our backs stronger. I am not sure which, but I do know it becomes bearable.
Pray unceasingly. If you forget, as I often do, pick it back up. There is always Someone who is listening.
You say my message is one of hope and faith. When I started posting here, it was anything but. Pretty bitter, and bleakly nihilistic back then, more in keeping with Odin than with Christ.* Active prayer and fellowship and faith are critical to feeding that flame of hope. Remember that full armor of God, and put it on. Think of these things as the first steps in a counter offensive. ‘We’ ARE going to get through this - again it applies whether the definition is as Americans or as believers. That doesn’t mean all of us will survive, but none of us get out of here alive anyway. Check my about page. My bottom line is found there. I am not a Joe Biden to claim I wrote it, but it expresses my views perfectly.
I will pray for you, as others here have prayed for me. You move, I’ll cover. Then we trade places. Then we trade places again. Eventually we will carry the enemy’s position. Remember, the gates (defensive works please note) of hell cannot prevail against us. Not in the long run.
*(Some FReepers here, in PMs and reply posts had to apply some tough love admonishments to me to get my head straight during some very dark hours and in the wake of some really brutish things I posted. Others discreetly offered exhortation and prayers. Thanks to each of you. It helped. A lot.)
Please include me in future prayers.
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