In response to my post, my sister sent me the following. Sometimes it is hard to drop God into the conversation at times. I asked if I could post her response and she graciously said yes.
Hey there! I saw your post today, and I thank you for the prayers with the group. I know we have never really talked about religion, but I was raised in the church growing up, as were the kids. We've all accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and savior many years ago and have been baptized. As a matter of fact, Pastor Rochelle baptized both Dominick and DaNika. I pray daily and feel I have a strong relationship with the Lord. I also know that the ONLY reason Dominick survived the accident was because he was being protected. They had said he probably wouldn't survive when he arrived at the hospital with his injuries but did and is little by little progressing. I know the ONLY reason he's come as far as he has is because I've put him in God's hands and the power of prayer by many. I just wanted you to know where I stand on that aspect. Again, thank you for also praying for us.
There is beauty in your personal story. It is relatable and opens connections that might otherwise be closed off. It brings comfort to others going through the same circumstances. Strength and support comes from us being vulnerable and sharing our stories of healing and triumph.
“You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday” (Psalm 91: 5-6).
“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2).
“And do not forget to do good and share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased” (Hebrews 13: 16).
What do you do when you look around and don’t even recognize the America we grew up in?
I am reading through a book “Worldview” by Greg Laurie which looks through the 10 commandments through the lens of a Christian worldview and the warped lens of our current worldview. They are in conflict and cannot reside together-it is one path or the other.
-Worldview is based on putting doubt above truth everything you have been taught is a lie
-Worldview is truth changes based on experiences
-Christian worldview believes in natural law
-Satan is an expert on getting you to doubt what you know is true
-Christian worldview is based on what we know is true
What I find sad is this worldview is infiltrating the church. I met a couple that was discouraged because the church they attend doesn’t do anything special for July 4th or Veteran’s day anymore. The silence on days that celebrate our American history and those who have died and are serving to preserve our freedom and liberty is truly insulting. Biblical citizenship should matter to the church. We should be missionaries in the halls of our government.
Nehemiah 8:9 “For all the people had been weeping as they listened to the words of the Law.”
2 Corinthians 3:17 “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”
Prayers for our nation. Prayers we continue to honor our founding fathers and our Constitution. May parents demand their voice be heard on their children's behalf. May we get back to appreciating America and each other as citizens. May we hold our government accountable as we know that what culture accepts today is our future policies and laws of tomorrow. Prayers for healing in hearts, minds, and souls.
The message today was what it looks like to walk with God. Reminded me of this song "Fires" by Jordan St. Cyr
When the smoke billows higher, oh and higher
And it feels like I can barely breathe
I'll walk through these fires
'Cause You're walking with me
Blessings to you all,