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  • Psalm Sixty Four

    Hear my voice in prayer, oh God,
    Preserve my life from my enemies.
    Hide me from the secret councils of the wicked,
    from the evil intentions of greedy and evil men:
    they speak lies in the shadows against me, Lord,
    they rally support and encourage assassins,
    so that I may be killed without revealing their deceptions,
    they think they go unnoticed, Lord,
    they think they are able to commit sins without detection.
    They lie in wait for people to sin,
    then use those sins against them,
    for we are all weak, Lord,
    You know our sins.
    But You will suddenly surprise them, Lord,
    You will reveal them for who they are,
    their words will be spoken, and will betray them,
    their supporters will run away to hide.
    All who worship You will declare Your righteousness,
    they will praise Your judgment and declare Your name.
    The righteous will rejoice in God,
    They will trust in God, and they will celebrate His Victory.

    In the film classic, It's A Wonderful Life, George Bailey is kept out of military service due to the loss of hearing he suffered as a child when he rescued his little brother from drowning. During the war, he worked with his neighbors to support the war effort with scrap drives and as a Civil Defense warden, bought bonds, and served as an example of a good citizen. When the war was won, he was another good example.

    “On V-E day he wept and prayed. On V-J day, he wept and prayed.”

    Even though George didn't go to war, he had his enemies. The greedy Mr. Potter who wanted control of the town. Potter was not above using deception and rumor to cause George trouble. But in the end, George's character was the deciding factor.

    George was an honest man, a man who understood the purpose of what he was doing. In his darkest hour, an angel was sent to rescue him by showing him what would have happened to his town if he had not been there.

    It's a good story, one that fills the airwaves every Christmas season and has become a family tradition across our country, and I imagine in other parts of the world as well. Why is it so popular? Because it is how we want the world to be.

    There will always be the Mr. Potters of the world, the men and women who have placed their faith in wealth and possessions. In order to succeed, they adopt a “Darwinist” philosophy, a “dog eat dog” mentality that says win at all costs. They spread rumors, manipulate people, and cheat the system along their way. They would assassinate anyone who got in their way, but never directly. They can always find someone to do their “dirty work”...for the right price.

    But they never win. In the end, they are revealed for who and what they are. Their wealth accomplishes nothing for them, and they end up alone to stand before the law or before God.

    The good people are still around. Sometimes its hard to find them, but if you know where to look, they are easily revealed. Go down to the local mission and watch them feeding the poor, donating clothes or goods or time to help others. Go to the local hospital and see them as volunteers, parking cars, helping families get where they need to be, helping to deliver food. Go to the prisons and hear them praying with the prisoners. You'll see them keeping only what they need for themselves, and giving of their time to people who are in need.

    If only......


    ”For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. The shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee hungred, and fed thee? Or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? Or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. - Matthew 25: 35-40
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