Twenty-four years ago, my younger sister Charlotte died. A few months after her death, I found myself lying awake in the middle of the night, unable to relax. My heart felt wide open -- gaping after something. In the dark and quiet room there suddenly started a crackling noise, like fire. It grew very loud. I looked around, but the room was still the same. No glint of fire. I knew I was awake because I could feel the bed sheets, blink my eyes, and pinch myself. The crackling sound that I could hear so clearly was not in the room in the physical sense.
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.