As inflation continues to hurt us economically, the simpler things in life may become even more essential. Enjoying a warm day in a serene setting may bring some of the inner peace that the world seems to be desperately trying to steal from us.
The spike in the interest rate announced today is a step toward curbing inflation. However, the ripple effect of everything we have endured the last couple of years is taking a toll. People nearing retirement age are watching their 401k's crash and burn. Young people trying to branch out on their own look for a way to pay $1,500 per month rent or more. How many of us want to cry each time we pull into the gas station? Food prices? Empty shelves in the grocery store? There are reasons why people are anxious and afraid.
Someone recently commented, "We have been through tough times before." This is a true statement, but things are also different in the modern age. The mainstream media and power-hungry politicians seem hell-bent on tossing out any semblance of morals and values long upheld by many people of faith. Holding onto these values now get a person labeled with some very demeaning titles. The not so "social media" has also helped foster a divisiveness in our society that undermines the fabric of our nation.
The United States of America is anything but united. We are separated philosophically, theologically, morally, and economically on many different levels. Stephen H. Dawson asked a good question today. "What would it look like if America split?" He suggests we may find out in less than fifty years.
I encourage you to stay rooted in prayer. Blessings and peace!