Friday, June 03, 2011

"Shalom and the Wholeness of God" by Christine Sine

"In the last few years economic turmoil, natural disasters and an ongoing wave of war, conflict and uncertainty have shattered our confidence in the future.  Many of us laughed at the end times gurus who thought that the world would end on May 21st but if we are honest, deep within us was an uncertainty about the future that made us wonder if they could be right.
What we believe about the future toward which God is leading us will greatly impact our ability to both prepare for the future here on earth and participate in God’s redeeming activity.  For most of us the future we dream of is shaped, consciously or unconsciously, by a culture that tells us success and prosperity will follow us all the days of our lives.
Tough economic times and natural disasters have brought that dream into question but have not replaced it with a compelling and gratifying new vision.  Proverbs 29:18 tells us that without a vision the people perish, and I think it is true.  Not only are we in danger of perishing, but many others in our world are already perishing because of our limited understanding of the future and particularly of a vision of world made new in which all are provided for that God wants us to be a part of..."

Read the rest here...good words for hard times:
You will need to cut and paste the link as Blogger won't let me paste the link into the phrase "good words for hard times"...eye roll.



Jan said...

Thanks, Catherine. I'm going to go and look now.

Terri said...

I'll have to check out the link when I'm on my computer instead of my iPad...cut and paste is not one of it's effective features.

However, I do believe that God desires us to live healthy happy lives, which is not the same thing as our consumer driven society, but neither is it about suffering. Yes, strugglrmand suffering happens as a part of life, bit not because God needs it or causes it.

And I figured if the world was going to end, so be it...but I still wrote my sermon for Sunday!