"I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well'. (Psalms 139:4)
Lately, I have became very interested in the various "letters to the Editor" section of the paper. And, after having grown up in the "50's" I see some of the comments surprisingly interesting. Realizing, however, we are moving "face pace" through this new found Religious world of ours. Nonetheless, is there still not room for simplicity, in our Christian world, like that of the old town of Mayberry RFD. Instead of politicizing the scripture truths by indecipherable language, let's just sit back on our front porch of Christianity, with a big bottle of "soda pop", relax and simply ask the Holy Spirit to reveal God's perfect will for us and the betterment of our country.
"Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching, for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck.(Proverbs 1:8-9)
Yes, we have moved from the days of a friendly hand shake sealing an agreement to an age whereby a room full of lawyers are now needed to seal the most simplistic of all contracts. From the days of home spun Christian politicians, who always did the biding of their fellow church go's. From a day when "church and state" was not separated but worked hand-n-hand together. To a world of uncertainty and political corrections.
"As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen".( 1Peter 4:10)
If this old country is to survive, we must all do our part in returning to the old time religion principles. Contrary to popular belief, it's not too late. We must all put our hand to the old scriptural plow and plow a straight forward furl, through the word of God.
"Teach me your way, O LORD, and lead me on a level path because of my enemies(Psalms27:11).
Do you remember the movie "Back To The Future?" Marty McFly, a typical American teenager of the Eighties is accidentally sent back to 1955 in a plutonium-powered DeLorean "time machine" invented by the slightly mad scientist, Doc Brown. During his often hysterical, always amazing trip back in time, Marty must make certain his teenage parents-to-be meet and fall in love - so he can get back to the future. After a number of struggles, with the 50's physiology, Doc Brown is finally able to send Marty back from 1955 to 1985, and all's well.
How about you? Do you have vivid memories of the past? What experiences would you like to relive? And conversely, what experienced would best be erased from the "ole subconscious"? As for me, I would just pray this simple prayer, in my dreams, "Dear Lord, let me be a child again, just for today. Just to turn back the clock to those happy years of yesterday. A time of the simple way of life. A life chock-full of the joy and happiness. A time when Santa Clause, the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny were as real as the night’s happy dream world, in my little childhood mind.
"Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near of which you will say, “I have no pleasure in them” (Ecclesiastes 12:1)
Now, gently pinch me Dear Lord so that I may wake to a new world around me. A world full of peace and tranquilly. A world of God's goodness and mercy. A world of God's perfect will, for my life.
"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the LORD, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, declares the LORD, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile".(Jeremiah 29:11-14
How about you? Do you long for that "Old Time Religion: again ? I can't help but ponder those old "brush-arbor" revival meetings where the "Amen's" and the "Hallelujah's" echoed, as the spirit led.