Thoughts from a Labor Leader

I received these words from a labor leader in an email today. I feel they are a very astute analysis of our present situation in America.

As I crossed the center of our nation, on my way to Arizona, I passed through myriad towns full of run-down trailers and shanties and I said to myself “These people probably voted to ‘make America great again,’ yet there is no future for them in this administration’s view of what makes America great. (Private jet sales are up 30%.)

I find myself depressed and disillusioned at what I was taught was the “American Dream.” How have we, as a nation, strayed so far from the ideals of “all men are created equal?” These poor people have no chance. For years, I made it my job to give people a chance, but our government, ostensibly “by the people and for the people” seems to be fighting OUR efforts to raise the fortunes of the “least of these” at every turn.

How did America get on this path? When did Conservatives become so mean? I used to be able to identify with Conservatives……I no longer believe I can.

I now find myself in the land of “fierce independence:” Arizona……where 9 out of 10 individuals are on social security, Pension and Medicare, but despise “Socialism.” I don’t know whether to laugh or cry at their ignorance.

Readings from Proverbs for Tuesday, February 13, 2018

How do you define who and what is righteous? The greatest Being who walked the face of our earth defined righteousness. If we want to know who and what is righteous, reading the Gospels will help. Pay attention to the actions and words of Jesus. This is the best way to know who and what is truly righteous.

Proverbs 13.5-6 – The righteous hate falsehood, but the wicked act shamefully and disgracefully. Righteousness guards one whose way is upright, but sin overthrows the wicked.

Prayers for Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Dear God, please help us to learn from Jesus how to fully live.

Bob Spradlingimg_0793

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