Savior


Savior

Do you ever feel like the world has lost control? Sometimes I have to wonder where humanity is heading. I know that history hasn’t always proven to be a bed of roses, but it seems to me things are just getting bleaker. Or maybe it’s just because we have access to so much information now.

I am thankful for peace found in the midst of chaos, and for the light in my heart, even though the world seems dark.

What are your thoughts about the world now-a-day? Where do you think humanity is heading? Where do you seek peace in a world full of strife?

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49 thoughts on “Savior

  1. I think that we are headed for a blissful time in the history of humanity. First, however, we must pass through a time of labor pains. May get worse before it gets better. Great post.

    • Really? You think we’re headed for a blissful time? That’s very interesting. I would love to know why you think that.
      Thank you for sharing and a huge happy new year to you.
      πŸ™‚ ❀

      • I believe that because I am a Baha’i and Baha’u’llah, Prophet Founder, tells me that mankind is “ever advancing” and that all Religions are one; God is one and Mankind will be one, also. We are in the birth pangs of a new civilization and the Day of our maturity is, slowly but surely, approaching. Not preaching as that is against my Faith to proselytize but because you asked, I’m trying to answer the best way I know how!! God bless you and hang on. It may be even darker before the dawn. Much love!!

  2. I think world is a pretty dark place nowadays and it may seem that is because of the information exchange all over the globe, but when I look around and see how bad is becoming good and good is being defined as bad I can’t help but think something is very wrong with this picture…I daily pray for the world, for the eyes of the blind to be opened, to their hearts to receive the truth. My Hope is in The Lord!

    • I hear you Sibella. I guess it has always been dark, and it possibly could be that we’re more aware of it now because of the easy access to information. Plus, the media sensationalizes stuff. However, I’m with you. I truly do think that there is something wrong. That things won’t get better. We know how the story ends, don’t we?
      My hope is the same as yours, my friend.
      Happy new year.
      πŸ™‚ ❀

      • So glad we agree! May this year be eye opening to the billions and may God use us to be the light in the dark world. Happy New Year to you Dear Staci! Love and hugs! πŸ’–

  3. I feel homesick for heaven a lot, and feel lonely, but I love the world and Mother earth, so I have to have faith that we can make the world a little softer and more loving, and I will try my best to make that happen while I’m here ❀ ❀ ❀

    • ‘homesick for heaven’. Yes, especially when I hear of all the hate and darkness happening in the world. I know that we are all sinners, and in need of a savior, and we will never be completely rid of hate and darkness. But it’s like you mentioned, while we are here on earth, it’s up to us to make that choice to do good and love. May we influence for good in 2015.
      Happy new year to you sweetie.
      πŸ™‚ ❀

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  5. I believe the world has grown darker and less focused on the Light of the world. However, I am optimistic that there are more than a remnant of people who still hold tight to God and His Word. We need to join together in this effort and instead of resolutions think more in terms of real solutions. Thank you for your post.

    • Yes, I agree with you. Thank you for sharing.
      Happy new year to you and all the best for 2015. May we continue holding tight to His word and influence society and culture for good.
      πŸ™‚ ❀

  6. The brighter the sun, the stronger the shadow. We can choose to look at the shadowy dark side of who we are, or we can accept that it’s part of us, just as is our true nature which is in the glory of the light.
    The population counters keep sharing that now there are more people well-fed and living longer than ever before in human history. At the same time, there are still too many who go hungry, die too soon, or hold their heads low focused on the dark shadows. Let’s welcome them into that divine light.
    Vincent

    • Thank you for sharing Vincent. I for one choose to look to the light. Not that I’m trying to ignore that there is great darkness in the world, but I believe that that there is a savior for mankind and He is the light of the world. I would love to work together with that light in order to welcome others into it.
      Happy new year to you.
      πŸ™‚

  7. My favorite opening line of a book comes from Charles Dickens A Tale of Two Cities:

    It was the best of times,
    it was the worst of times,
    it was the age of wisdom,
    it was the age of foolishness,
    it was the epoch of belief,
    it was the epoch of incredulity,
    it was the season of Light,
    it was the season of Darkness,
    it was the spring of hope,
    it was the winter of despair,
    we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other wayβ€” in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.

    While we are struggling towards our union with God we will go through hard times and witness others going through worse, and be subjected to the fears of others, yet I know that God has a plan for everybody and it is my place to bring my will inline with God’s will, to help others do the same, and give God the glory for everything that I receive. I have to be patient with myself and others and strive to not contribute to the burdens of others, and keep my focus on God. Today is not significantly different from yesterday, and the problems of the world will always be there until Christ returns, that is what I keep looking for in my life, focusing on the many blessings that God has given this age.

    • Thank you so much for sharing this. I agree that there has always been darkness, and that there is nothing new under the sun. I also agree that God has a plan for people and that it’s my place to bring my will inline with God’s will. I’m not sure if things are worse then they were before, or not. I guess I can’t really say because just 100 years ago (not even) we had no idea what was going on in other parts of the world. Now we have such quick access to information, and the media sensationalizes things… However, I do think that with globalization and since the start of the industrial revolution, as well as extreme growth in the world and the effects brought on by modernism and post-modernism (not that I know a lot about the subject), I have a difficult time believing that things aren’t getting worse, or darker.
      But then again, what do I know. I’m just glad there is a savior and that He sheds light. We need to cling to Him and His purposes, right?
      Happy new year, and may 2015 bring many blessings and much growth.
      πŸ™‚

  8. First off: I really love the way you expressed your thankfulness. It’s beautiful.

    Now, after I wrote what seems like an essay to answer your question about where humanity is headed (yeah I kind of lost control over my fingertips there) my comment suddenly disappeared and I still have no clue where it went.. I guess it wanted to go outside and play in all the snow.. So, I try to recollect my thoughts on this, but I’ll keep it a little shorter.

    What are my thoughts about the world today?

    There are many things that disturb me in our world of today, senseless wars, poverty and the imbalance between east and west. But I’m not even going to begin to get into that.

    What I want to get into though is our dependence on technology. We depend way too much on our technologic gedgets and the internet. Almost everyone and eveything in our daily lives is connected to the virtual world. With all the social media out there it seems we all spend a great deal of our lives in our very own “little” virtual world instead of the real one.
    When I look at my generation (I’m a 90ies kid), what I see saddens me. Too many, way too many fellow 90ies kids spend their “entire” lives online. One selffie here, one selfie there, a “smart” life quote every now and then,a picture of food, a picture of a pet doing nothing, posting this, posting that, posting posting, posting, just for the likes (and the attention). Way too many rather ask a search engine online to give them advice or solve their problems instead of using their own heads. We trust too much in our GPS navigation systems installed in our cars and blindly follow its directions without giving these directions a second thought, sometimes leading to fatal accidents. And we seem to be glued to our screens, resulting in many of us failing to see the beauty of the real world. With our smartphones we kill off any form of real communication, we plug our ears with music and avoid to look a stranger in the eye and smile. The more we’re hiding behind our screens, the more we’re losing our human touch. And I fear this is only going to get worse. When I look at the children of today, I often fail to find any words.. It seems like they get their first smartphones in kindergarden and therefore only communicate through text messages. They enter this virtual world way too young, they’re slowly slipping away and their parents don’t even notice, because they’re too busy with their own virtual life on social media. If you ask me, the 90ies generation was the last one to really play outside and explore nature. When I hear that 8 year olds are watching various kinds of porn, I feel so very sad for them. Is this a childhood?! No, I don’t think so, I also don’t think that this is healthy for their relationships to others later in life.. Ugh.. I could go on and on and on, however my thoughts are just too fast for me too type right now and my battery is dying. I guess it’s all right to stop here, you get my point I think.

    Where will humanity end up? I don’t know, I guess we’ll just have to wait an see where ALL THIS leads to. Maybe there will be a day where they’ll release an iphone 49s… haha!

    All right, I definitely have too much time on my hands today. I don’t dare to read all of my ramblings above. I’m just gonna push “post comment”… aaaaaaaaaaaaaaand pusshhhhhhhhh!

    • Wow. What a great comment. And yes, the advancements in technology and the rapid disconnect that seems to be happening – the lack of community and ‘real’ face-to-face relationships – seems a little worrisome. I really don’t know where this will lead us as a race. Have you ever watched the movie, ‘Wall-E’? I think the writer of this movie was thinking about this. The whole dependence on machines and technological gadgets for life. The lack of natural resources and having to live artificially floating around in space. Hmmmmm. I also have to wonder about the rapid increase in the Earth’s population and the amount of garbage being produced and pollution being put into the air. Hmmmm. So much to consider, my friend. You know, I watched a five-hour documentary once by Francis Shaeffer called, “How Should We Then Live: The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture”. It’s also a book. I absolutely loved it. If you get the chance, check it out. He speaks about God and that when he’s out of the picture, only chaos can happen. I think about the break-up in the family-structure, the lack of true and real love amongst others, the rampant selfishness. Soooooo much to consider.
      Hope you had a nice new year. Have a great 2015.
      πŸ™‚

  9. At times i feel like thse are dark times, but that is always the result of the “information age”. Everything is sensationalized to make it seem the worst or biggest ever.

    Yet away from the darkness, more and more people are hearing the gospel. Lives are being changed, chains are being broken. It may not be deemed “news worthy”, but i celebrate in the good things this age has brought.

    I guess it all depends on what we focus on as to how we see it. I have to remind myself of that daily πŸ™‚

    • Oh yes, the ‘information age’. The media really does blow things out of proportion. And they can really twist things depending on the angle they use with their cameras and as well.

      Oh yes, it’s so true Chris. Our focus is a huge factor. Are we going to let fear rule us because of what we see or read on the news? Or are we going to fix our eyes on the bearer of all light?

      Thanks so much Chris for enriching this conversation here, and Happy New Year.

      πŸ™‚ ❀

      • Hehehe. Routine? I’m dying to get back into routine. I love routine. I thrive in routine. It’s summer here right now, which means kids out of school, vacation. I’m also moving this month and my mom’s coming to visit in February. We will travel together to Argentina, Chile, and of course, you can’t come to Brazil and not visit Rio de Janeiro. Soooo, routine for me… Only in March.
        Bless you.
        πŸ™‚

  10. The world is getting darker in many ways just as Jesus says these things must occur but to look up for His return. I must often remind myself to ‘just believe’ because in the end ‘grace wins’ and ‘hope lives’. We have a savior upon who our faith rests. Beautiful post Staci, God bless!

    • Oh yes. In the end, ‘grace wins and hope lives’. Beautiful Mark.
      Thank you so much Mark.
      Happy new year and all the best for you and your lovely family in 2015.
      πŸ™‚

  11. Where the world gets darker, the light of grace shines brighter. Sometimes it is hard to believe, but it is truth for those of us who subscribe to it. This is what I hold on to.

    I was inspired to share this on my FB Timeline this December. I hope you don’t mind that I reproduce it here. Please edit (remove it) if it is inappropriate.

    “Sometime after angels appeared to shepherds proclaiming, β€œGlory to God in the highest and on earth peace, goodwill toward men,” a voice was heard in Ramah, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted because they were no more.

    If your son had been slaughtered by Herod’s rage, then even if Simeon came along and told you, β€œI saw God’s salvation; I held him in my arms in the temple,” you may have stared in disbelief through your tears. Perhaps the shepherds were among those whose sons were killed, making them wonder about the vision of peace on earth and the sign, a babe lying in a manger.

    And yet, the truth is, the truth remains – a Saviour has been born.

    In mourning, God may seem far, but he is not. He is staging redemption.” Β© Timi Yeseibo 2014

    • Timi, I LOVE THIS! What an amazing piece of writing and so poignant. May I use it sometime to share with others that may be struggling with what they see in the world and their faith? Of course, if I ever do I would give full credit to you.
      Happy new year, and many blessings and love throughout 2015.
      πŸ™‚ ❀

    • Ohhhhhh, thank you so much Pepperanne.
      And a happy new year to you and your loved ones as well. May it be full of warmth and good things.
      Take care
      Staci πŸ™‚ ❀

  12. We have always lived in a fallen world and that won’t change until Christ comes back. But God’s goodness and miracles are with us stil. Happy New Year, Staci!!! Love’n hugs, N πŸ™‚ ❀

    • Well said, Natalie. And soooooo true. Even though we may think things are getting worse, it’s always been fallen.
      Happy new year to you, my friend.
      πŸ™‚ ❀

  13. Stacily’s I guess, Nature keeps it’s balance in any way. If we see more evil these days, this doesn’t mean the good is fading out. This means it has gone in the background for some time. I really hope the good comes on the surface very soon. Love your thoughts. Hugs xx

    • Ohhhhh, I always love reading your comments Lala. Thank you so much for sharing here. I do believe that there is still much good in the world. How can there not be, right? I guess the evil and darkness tries to scream so loud, as to snuff out any light. But light can never triumph over darkness.
      Hugs and blessings.
      πŸ™‚ ❀

  14. Beautiful lines, Staci. It feels so heartfelt too. ❀
    I do indeed believe the same..sadly too much information at our hands feels burdensome, most of the times. It can be stressful now that we're used to most things coming the easy way, when it does not everything becomes more and more agonising with every passing minute. Sometimes looking for a word in the dictionary can become so deadening for me, I'd rather go search it on a web dictionary. Hah, I think Internet is the biggest paradoxical technological advancement of our age. Probably what we need is proper channelising. 😐
    Btw is that you in the picture? πŸ™‚

    • Thank you so much sweetie. Can you imagine life now without the internet? Oh my gosh. What would come of humanity if it no longer existed? Eek. We would have a whole ton of unhappy campers, that’s for sure.
      Yes, proper channelizing. You think people could learn to do so? Hmmmmm. I wonder.
      πŸ™‚
      Hehehehe, no that’s not me. It’s a free image. The name of the photographer is in the bottom right hand corner.
      Hugs and blessings.
      πŸ™‚ ❀

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