Before I get into the main topic of today’s post, I would like to give some praise to my roommates who have witnesedme reading quietly since last night now that my longsuffering laptop has departed for a working vacation. Apparently missing the sound of my fast and furious typing, they lent me their tablet so that I could jot off a short post before the battery wore out. So here goes.
Today is my country’s birthday, a fact which is easy enough to remember in that it is not too far removed from my own and from the loud noise of the fireworks that helped to keep me awake last night. Although it cannot be said that I am in a celebratory mood, I still wonder what it is that my country would like for its birthday. No doubt many of its citizens want mundane things like a bit more money or love or respect or peace or whatever it is that ordinary folks want.
Yet there is a certain sense of acetia and ennui and complacency in our country as a whole. So long as we are muddling through somehow, it seems of little concern that others are not doing so well. For example, there is a lady I am acquainted with who has recently lost a close relative and who appears to have other concerns and yet, being a relative stranger that I am, I find it difficult to ask how she is doing or to inquire about her life. Similarly, I find it difficult to talk about the details of my own life sometimes, much less my deepest concerns.
In many ways our nation is the same way. It is difficult to imagine what the future could hold when day-to-day existence is so dicey, and when our londings for abundance and peace and safety seem threatened by the scarcity and conflict that is all around us. Will we bury our heads in the sand and hope that all will turn out alright somehow, or will we hope that blessings will pour out of windows in the heavens and save us from the dilemmas we face? Perhaps so, but only if we can summon up or call down enough compassion to truly love our fellow man and enough moral courage to fight against the evils of our times without forgetting that even the worst sinners are beings created in the image and likeness of the Living God who made the heavens and the earth and who calls for all to repent and seek His grace and mercy while it may be found.