For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me ... -- Psalm 32:4
There is a weight to sin that burdens us. It feels like the hand of God pressing down on our soul trying to squeeze out the impurity that has contaminated us. Perhaps we would be better off if we considered guilt not as a punishment for having done wrong but as the probing hands of a skilled surgeon trying to cleanse us of a cancer that is eating away at us. The psalmist declares, "Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered."
Are you paying attention? Or are you paying attention to the wrong stuff? A voice that sounds a lot like Wisdom as we met her in Proverbs begs us to learn from past experience, so as not to spend money when we can get free stuff. The first generation liberated from Egypt died in the desert because they didn’t learn. And when the people pointed with oohs and ahhs towards current events, Jesus asked them to learn from the past to recognize that some things are not as significant as the eternal choices.
The government has finally woken up to the fact that the health of our children in this country is threatened by their food. For two generations, since World War II, food has become increasingly processed and the era of the fast food meal is well and truly with us.
Karen hates church. She feels it's a place where people are brainwashed. She thinks the people who go to church are weak, looking for a crutch in sermons that tell them how to behave. Karen clearly has an issue with established religion.