It is Sat. and the sun forgot to show up. Instead there is a layer of clouds threatening drizzle and maybe showers. A day to hang out around the pot belly stove. Now I have to find me a stove with a pot belly. Hang on, BRB, gone to stove store.
When I came on board spaces I wasn’t to sure what I would find. I had no lofty expectations. i circulated to various spaces looking and shopping. When I would find interesting blogs or pictures I would invite them and I would get invitations, hopefully for similar reasons. I came to know a few of the people quite well. I laughed with them, cried with them and prayed with them. A few have left for various reasons and roam back through on occasion. Others were spaces to have a space or to chat.
Here this past couple of weeks there have been a few who haven’t posted anything lately. They were fairly regular and I enjoyed their posts. Not posting has given me concern for them. Two of them had written about illnesses and or depression, both are scary and lead to dire happenings at times. The other has just stopped and it was daily with her, like a door closed.
Unlike here I cannot pick up the phone and call or go visit, cyber space has limitations and when something like this happens it leaves me wondering.
Depression is very debilitating and chronic and if not dealt with creates serious problems. It is probably one of the most mis-understood psychological disorders but it is treatable. Like so many disorders. people live in denial with it. To admit to the problem is the beginning of the cure but………..
All these thoughts made me step back and look at self and where I am. I am not as happy or contented as I was a year ago. Money has become tighter and being on a limited income that puts a crimp on lots of things. Gas is approaching $4.00 bucks a gallon, groceries are way up as are utilities. These are the basic staples of living and are now taking to big a share of my income.
Then I look around me. There is a war still going on and appears to be getting worse rather then better and many of the young GI’s are committing suicide rather then going back to war. People are still without jobs. I read the other day a company still had over 3400 workers on furlough and that is just one department. Politicians are still arguing about who is right or left and not giving a dam about the people, they are even talking about a pay raise. Then there are the earthquakes, volcanoes and floods, people are dying and there is destruction.
It is very easy to be depressed and I can see people angry and despondent about their condition. To stand on cliffs edge and look out. What hope is there? People have a hard time living if hope is no longer there. We have come to rely so much on the government for hope that many of us have lost sight of where real hope is. The mystics have their spirituality to lift them up, other religions have a higher power but what hope can the government give us. I have heard sugar coated words come from the government leaders for 5 decades and it hasn’t changed much.
I look at the ones who have no spirituality and there I see no hope for they have nothing to cling to so they go to the government and when it does not come through what do they have to hope for.
I have Christ and the promise of God, "Those who believe in Christ shall have eternal life." In accepting Christ as my savior I have hope. I have a strength to deal with the harsh times of the day. I do not have go to the cliff and ponder, nor do I seek out the government for help. I have a strength that nobody can give me but God for it was Him who created me and it is Him who provides all tings.
So when I hear about space friends being sick I pray for them and when they do nothing for sometime I hope nothing has befallen them and maybe it is only a visit to the hospital and nothing more. Yet I know a few have seen many decades pass and have accumulated lots of lifetime experiences. So whatever it may be I hope they are walking with Christ wherever they may be.
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