It’s been a while since I’ve had a long conversation with you. So often life gets in the way of my prayer life, which is no excuse. I have my daily chats with you, when I’m concerned for the health of a friend or family member. I call on you when I’m afraid or worried about the future. When I need something, I have no problem asking you for it. When I pray before sleeping, my litany of requests usually has to do with those of my friends who are facing death or going through loss of a loved one. That list is getting so long, that I often fall asleep before I can thank you for all the good things you’ve done for me.
So, the best way I know to communicate effectively is to put it down in writing. God, you know that the world I inhabit is a mess. You’ve seen this planet, which you so perfectly created, fall into sin and decay. You’ve been witness to all kinds of obscene behavior, troubled minds, deterioration of morals and changes which are the result of disobedience to your Word. From a human standpoint, you would’ve given up on this race a long time ago. Oh, I forgot. That did happen once before when you sent a great flood to cleanse the earth of its evil. You also let a family remain to continue the human race. You never completely gave up on us.
You have been patient with your followers for centuries. Yet you are not the kindly, old, grandpa in the sky that the world may think you are. You abhor sin and have made it clear that the result of sin is eternal death. Still you’ve given us a way out. Because of your great love and the plan you instituted along with your creation, we’ve been redeemed by your only Son, Jesus. Because of the rich passion for your people, we need not fear death, because life will go on for those who believe in you.
I could list the things going on in our world today, but you know them all. Nothing gets past you. Because you’re God, I know that you could make things better in an instant, but sometimes we need these “lessons” in life to grow in our faith.
I could rant and rave about the corruption in our government – the lawlessness in our city streets – the hatred among the people – those who antagonize and stir up dissent – the sex trafficking, drug use, pornography, sexual immorality, – the dysfunctional families with multiple parents, single parents, or uninvolved parents – and the list goes on. My rage is not going to solve any of those problems. My letting off steam is not going to fix things.
We need you, God! We’ve not only lost sight of your laws, we’ve forgotten how to really care for each other. Society has changed in just my lifetime. Self has been placed on a pedestal and many think it’s all about them, with no regard for others. The laws that you established through our government have also been turned upside down. Material wealth is more important than spiritual health.
You know what, God? I think you’ve got this. You, in your trinity have it all covered. Your Son, Jesus, came to bring salvation to all. Your Spirit has been stirring within us since our baptism, strengthening our faith. Your protection, love and perfection have provided for all our daily needs as well as eternal life. It can’t get much better than that,
Good talk, God! By the way, thanks for listening. I know you do. I’m holding you to your Word. Amen!
“He will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers, so that I will not come and smite the land with a curse.” Malachi 4:6