“In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.”
— Acts 2:17
Are We on the Path to National Ruin?
— David Brooks editorial, July 12, 2016
These are unsettling, difficult times . . .
David Brooks wrote this week a sobering editorial about the path we have been taking as a country.
The hope he sees lies in the local communities where relationships can welcome and embrace the moment, and bridges can be built where everyone can play a part. It is in these mindful moments and places of grace where the better angels of our nature can prophesy visions and dreams of a better way. Usually, the most important part of discerning the right way is that we be open and trust in God’s promise, “I will give you a new heart, and put a new spirit in you.” (Ezekiel 36:26)
Are we willing to slow down enough to listen with “ears of the heart”? Will we take time to actually see through the eyes opened by God’s grace?
What “in the last days” means is not clear. What should be obvious to us all is that it partly depends on whether or not we can humble ourselves enough to hear and see through the gift of God’s Spirit of love and compassion.