Hope during difficult economic times…

We have been blessed with jobs throughout the recession of the past years, the many upheavals in the economy have come as turbulent waves, upsetting to us all as we hear of those who have been hit personally. Truly makes us call to mind all the many blessings, so many taken for granted from time to time, but when so many are without jobs it brings those blessings into clearer focus for most of us.

Even when we aren’t personally strained from hard times, I am prone to worry and fret over what is to come. I have to stop myself again and again…See, from early childhood on I was aware of finances and financial burdens that hit our family so I’m very sensitive to money issues, deeply rooted in my mind and heart. I never wanted to be a burden. I always wanted to help matters. I still do…

Over the course of the day today, I’ve been reminded of the Psalmist’s words in Psalm 37:25 where he said, “I was young and am now old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.” I love these reassuring words. I find myself, though, pouring over the word righteous in my mind, turning it over and over again considering who the righteous are. Surely they are those whose righteousness is found in Christ, who live surrendered to His Lordship, His ways, and His Words. I love that the scripture noted, not only would the righteous not be forsaken. It also included their children. God is so kind and loving toward us. It only stands to reason that our hearts would be tender toward the suffering of others when our hearts are linked to HIs and our concerns do not linger only on our own circumstances, but extend to include all others.

I pray our nation will consider with grateful hearts the bountiful blessings God has given to us and will honor Him by helping those in need.

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