Hello! Powerhouse friends.
We share again on the eve of the third Sunday in Advent. And although we are greatly anticipating the cheer, joy, and solemn celebration associated with this event, we are deeply saddened by the occurrence of the tragic incidence which has once again marred the face of our nation. Our hearts and hopefully our words offer up sincere consolation for our country and especially for the residents and families of the victims in Newtown. While no one can stand in judgment or point the finger in these difficult times, it is remarkable that we are a people who have been given so much light, and yet we go to great lengths to invent and deploy covering devices, allowing the present darkness to become more pervasive.
Reflecting on the turbulence of our times, I could not help but wonder how our detachment and, in many respects, our indifference figures into the persistent unraveling of our social and political fabric. Thinking from such a premise leads me to question the priorities of the modes of operation employed by the business world leveraging the markets and the economies of scale. As business owners the bent of laser focus is laid on what to invest in and how will a certain strategy make money for one personally or for the company. Not a great deal of importance is given to developing the social welfare of the country. In some quarters that is even viewed as a dirty word. Now I don’t mean to imply that there are not good people in business and otherwise who help others. However, I am suggesting that the overarching priority is placed on what is the next market shift that will reap megabucks into already overflowing coffers. Unfortunately, for the current time, guns are one of those markets poised to build wealth.
The prophet Malachi prophesied concerning a period of darkness which would cover some four hundred years where no voice was heard from heaven. That was a period of indifference and discounting of relationship with God which resulted in the ultimate deterioration of a nation. This would be an era categorized by Malachi as one in which the proud seemed to be doing fine, and the wicked appeared to prosper; however, due to hearts inclined to independence from God, they eventually found themselves sitting in the shadow of death. Four hundred years they sat decaying before the light came. A people to whom much is given, much is required. My prayer for our country in this Advent season, is that we will become proactive, don’t wait until its too late to address the disturbance at the heart of society, don’t wait until its too late to get control of the guns so easily making a way to our streets, homes, and schools. The answer will not be found in a return to the good old days, no, our answer will be found in our return to God. Pope Augustine once said ” the soul can not find rest until it finds its rest in God “. Today I speak of a rest in Newtown and in our country at large now and beyond 2013. Light has come; let us walk in it and have fellowship with one another.
This is Jerome. To my brothers and sisters in Newtown I say peace and love. And to all Powerhouse friends, Blessings Now!