Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Living in the Story - Lent #30, 2009

"Even as he spoke, many put their faith in him." (John 8)

I was in a meeting this morning that made me very sad. It was all about the California state budget that was recently passed. We've been in trouble for quite some time and will be in trouble for quite a while still. And the ones to suffer most are the poorest, most vulnerable. I know, this is always the case but it was hard to hear.

As the presenter showed us chart after chart the outcome seemed to get drearier and drearier. As she spoke, I lost my faith in politics. Our leaders wrote into the state budget...like in the budget that we're counting on...trusting that the lotto will bring in double the amount as last year (a snappy new add campaign needed). Mental health and education are both being cut severely. The presentation was called "uncharted waters."

Talking to co-workers today, we all agreed that we are sick of the word "economy." As the doom say-ers speak, we lose faith.

We need to hear Jesus. We need to hear his voice. 24 hour news and talk radio need to burn. Let's listen to Jesus. Let's put our faith in him.

"There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear..." (1 John 4)

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