Daily, I glance at the large calendar on the wall that looks down on my writing area. Last month it reminded me of Father’s Day and my super father and father-in-law. Summer started on the 21st, days that may be hot and stormy.
I did recall with deep gratitude and unparalleled excitement that Kitty and I celebrated another wedding anniversary on June 4. That fourth was more exciting than Independence Day on the Fourth of July.
Each edition of Christianity Today, is gladly welcomed to my residence and read with a great deal of interest. The cover story for the July/August 2014 issue was written by Kate Shellnutt and titled “33 Under Thirty-Three.” The author is one of the Associate Editors of this “must-receive” magazine. Her story began, “Meet the Millennials. They are 33 and younger. They are all on Twitter. And they are bringing innovation to the wide-ranging work of the kingdom. Behold, they are doing a new thing.”
After I pick up the Charleston Gazette and until the final sounds of local and national television news I feel like I have been bombarded by the problems of the world.
In our states and certainly on the national scene we seem to be lacking in terms of courageous leadership. In recent days it seems like we are being invaded by children from countries south of our southern border. And we seem to be losing the battle on doing what is good and best for all concerned.
Where are our leaders in such a time?
During the summer months we have county and state fairs. Young children and on through the teen years are in camps and conferences of all kinds. Some conferences and conventions are national and international in scope.
In many religious organizations, especially churches, it is the time when pastors leave one church and go to another one.
During most of my teenage years, our family was attending a one room Methodist Church in a coal mining community. One year the minister we had and all liked very much was not assigned to our congregation for another year and no replacement. What would we do? That is another story, but it all turned out to be a momentous year for me and my family.
The apostle John states: “We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one” (I John 5:19).
Verse 20 gives us hope. “And we know that the Son of God has come …that we may know Him who is true … This is the true God and eternal life.”
Cling to God’s eternal truth. And victory will come.
© 2014 Wm. C. Ellis. All Rights Reserved. This column originally appeared in the Logan Banner, West Virginia.