I made the following comment yesterday morning in response to TCT Robert Royal’s insightful take on the seeds of confusion being sown in the Catholic Church: “One needs the fortitude of Job and Abraham combined to hold on in the wake of their mischief.”
One of the Conservative pundits (may have been Savage) made an interesting observation the other day. He singled out the elites and friends of elites whose entire livelihoods are hooked up to the pay-to-play flow from the seething swamp of corruption known as Washington DC, like a giant IV bottle oozing liquid wealth…about to be decimated by the Trump Train! You and I may be a tad more on edge then any prior election year, but these people are in a blood-sweat-panic right now…especially after Friday’s FBI “bombshell”! It’s easy not to feel sorry for them, until you think what have they to hold on to?
I gathered with six friends in prayer yesterday. I thanked God for so truly blessing me over the course of the past year, and appealed with broken heart for His grace and mercy in the lives of so many unbelievers. They seem to be everywhere. They seem to be most of us. What have they to hold on to?
I had breakfast Friday morning with one of my favorite “believer” friends. Responding to a question she had put to me about “finding the time”, I heard the words “I am not of this world” flow from my lips…as if from some third party. It was totally reflexive and instinctive…and probably the most truthful words (I) have ever spoken. But it made me think about where they came from, and how it is I am able to feel blessed in what has been the very worst, most painful year of my entire life.
In the course of morning prayer, I have come to revisit the story of Job. There are so many great stories in the Bible that always seem to provide such useful and timely take-aways, but the story of Job is resonating more powerfully within me than any other times I can recall. Job, in many respects, was very much one of the “elites” I describe in my opening paragraph. He had it all. But he also had something the elites of today, for the most part, are lacking. He had faith in the one true God. He was a true believer. In fact, his faith became the object of a bet between God and Satan in what I believe to be the 2nd greatest tests of faith found in the Bible. The first being Abraham…although Job’s test was one involving remarkable endurance…and the involvement of friends. Actually, who can say? Unlike truth, individual faith is a very subjective experience.
Here’s what I can say with absolute certainty. We are all, believers and unbelievers alike, at the precipice of the greatest test mankind has ever faced…as flatfooted as we’ve ever been. God’s grace and mercy are there for any and all of us with the good sense to reach for it…I know.
a wonderful Holy Spirit moment when he puts words in your mouth as he promised!
More later, I have to go to the 8 o’clock mass to pass out pro-life voter guides.
Indeed…thanks for all you do John!
Thank you once again for sharing your openness, vulnerability, visceral pain, faith, trust and belief in what seems to be the only Truth we have to hold on to during these trying, almost end times….you clearly are receiving His healing Grace and are providing the wisdom that we need to know to help in our own search for the purpose and mission He has for each one of us…for that I thank Him, and ask that He continue to bless you and yours….
Thanks Russ…for the longest time, as a musician, I’ve felt this progression from being the musician playing the instrument to being the empty reed to being played by God…as are we all. As I said to a good friend the other day, for someone such as yourself to appreciate the tune, affirms I am (He is) striking the right chords.
Posted on Tradam as usual. This was an extra special Tune Up today! Thanks. It is rare for GOD to speak truth through a man. I know you will cherish this occurrence. Be well my friend.
Keeping it real my Tradam brother…hope all is well with you. I appreciate your friendship more than you know.