Rowina (14 Dec 2011)
"We desperately want Home; thoughts on our present rearrangement of deck chairs"

How strong is the desire to be at Home, in a place where we are loved!

How much we want to be in a place where the "bottom line"--money--is not the controller of all!

We pray the Holy Spirit to give us enough faith to persevere to the end.

The present presidential nominating race in America is sometimes entertaining, but its bottom line is how to manipulate people and money into unkind places.  There is not enough kindness or money to go around, so our learned leaders (some with very brainy minds) tell us how it would be fair to arrange chairs on the deck of the Titanic.
Actually, there might have been enough to go around if some had not been greedy.  Ananias and Sapphira live among us, those who lie about where our money went.

Do we want the Lord to strike down these greedy ones, as he struck down Ananias and Sapphira?  It's tempting, but we are told to try to forgive.

And we continue to pour money into war.  I leave it to someone else to debate whether that was or is a good idea.  Without war, one candidate says,
we could have had plenty of money and even now could have plenty within a short time.  So is the Devil bankrupting us through war?  How much should we
pour into our staunch ally, Israel?  As Christians, we support Israel, but will we be able to afford it without grave hardship for our own people?  

And we are cynically told that war will improve our economy, as it has in the past.  Who can understand this?  Does war increase the amount of food and shelter available,
or simply rearrange it, again like deck chairs on the Titanic?

It will be hard to have faith.  Holy Spirit, be among us who groan in sadness at what is.  We need our just and merciful King.