What the world needs now

The past few months, we have been bombarded with bad news concerning our country’s economy. Bank failures, layoffs, foreclosures, bail outs – all have been dominating the news.
Many Americans have seen their retirement accounts plunge, losing value of 50 percent or more. Unemployment is pushing 8 percent nationally, over 10 percent unemployment in some areas.
The government is pouring billions of dollars into General Motors. Even with this help, GM still might not survive. Twenty years ago, who would have believed that? The future seems uncertain. We lose some of our confidence. We see CEOs accept and deal out performance bonuses worth millions, while the people’s money is being used to bail their companies out of financial ruin. It doesn’t seem to make much sense to many of us.
We wonder who we can trust? What are we going to do? It’s a worrisome time, not knowing, if we’ll have a job tomorrow. Will I be able to afford to send my child to college? Will I have enough to retire? It can all be overwhelming.
Internationally we see countries, which were once relatively prosperous, being run into abject poverty, by tyrants who run the countries as if they are a private plantation, waging war on their own citizens, neglecting their needs while living in opulent luxury.
Sometimes it makes one wonder, where is God in all of this? The condition of the world can be hard to accept. We ask, “Is there any hope?”
NBC News wondered how people were going to react to each other in hard times. Anchor Brian Williams announced his organization was welcoming stories of compassion and charity, in these times of economic difficulty. Within minutes the news organization received hundreds of stories – within hours thousands were received. One writer told about being stranded in the Nevada desert when a fellow motorist stopped and gave him gasoline to help him on his way. Another wrote about an organization called Hearts and Hands, who helps people maintain their homes. There’s a café in Denver who feeds anyone who enters, accepting only free will donations or work in exchange. The owner says, “It’s everyone’s right to eat well. That’s why we’re here.”
When times are tough, where do we see God? We see it, when we host dinners for charitable causes, when we help a neighbor clean up their property, when we take the time to visit residents at Shirkey’s, when we offer to pray with someone who is having difficult times.
Omaha billionaire Warren Buffet, commenting on our current economic crisis said, “For us to get through this, those who have lived the right way, are going to have to help those who didn’t.”
Is that much different, than what God did for us? “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him may not perish but may have eternal life.” (John 3:16).
In 1965 Burt Bacharach wrote a song whose chorus was, “What the World needs now, is love, sweet love. That’s the only thing there’s just too little of…”
Right now, the world needs a whole lot of love. God pours it down on us – he wants us to give it away also.

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