Thursday, February 17, 2011

Prayer in a bad economy

Many people have been suffering these last couple of years, here in the US in an unusual way for our typically blessed and prosperous nation. People are out of work, under employed, margins are squeezed to the breaking point, fuel and food costs are up. All those are real things, and the anxiety and difficulties are starkly real.

What we don't realize, not really, is how OUR economic distress has rippled out into countries like Uganda. Giving is sharply down to all charities, and those in nations like Uganda who depend on those charities for survival are, quite literally, dying. Dying from rising food costs which make even their one meal a day almost impossible. Dying because medicines aren't being donated, or because the costs are rising. Dying because wells aren't being dug...

In the early and mid-90's we were broke. Seriously broke. We had started a business, had small kids, crappy cars, ate at the "senior discount" hours if we went out at all. Our dates were to the park or the lake. We always said, "If it cost 25 cents to go around the block we would have had to stay home." We'd get a little ahead and something would happen, like having all our vehicles flooded in Hurricane Fran. It was a challenging time... And honestly, the biggest lesson I learned was to NEVER stop tithing, and NEVER stop giving. I am 100% convinced that this one thing is why we have had the blessings we've had - we've never stopped either one, in the most difficult circumstances.

Trust your Father. He will NEVER let you down. "But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you?" Mt 6:30

Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers, and may all the riches of His Kingdom be yours!

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