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Thursday, 16 November 2017 13:10

Strong families, strong faith make a difference

Written by  Staff Writer

To the editor,
Another tragedy — more innocent lives lost and families torn asunder. These are becoming almost a weekly occurrence and what can we do about it? Barricade ourselves in our homes? Wait for the government to take care of it? Buy our own weapons to fight back? Or none of the above?

Unbelievably, recent surveys indicate that less than 50 percent of our population consider themselves Christians or churchgoers. Just how bad do things have to get before we realize we are on the wrong path? God will not force himself on us. We must make the choice to allow him into our lives. Many of you will remember the old painting of Jesus knocking on the door — but there is no knob on his side, only on ours. It is up to us to open that door and welcome him.

What has suffered the most is the family unit. Without those sturdy building blocks, our country is doomed. Time spent around the dinner table, without the distraction of phones, computers, TV, etc. is critical. Values are discussed, responsibilities are recognized and issues are addressed. A family is forged, ready to face whatever comes their way.

An old saying comes to mind: “A family that prays together stays together.” Those words were never more true. Praying together at home and at church creates a bond that will sustain them through anything.

It is my hope and fervent prayer that many of you readers will find these words encouraging, realizing that there is something we can do about this dreadful situation. (Hopefully) you will discuss the issue with your pastors to get the whole congregation involved and in time, you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you helped make a difference.

Sue Drefs



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