We Are Not Alone
Katherine Albrecht, Ed. D.
By: Dr. Katherine Albrecht, Ed. D.
Fort Fairfield Journal, March 24, 2010Sometimes it feels like weíre in the midst of a storm, but the reality is weíre not alone and God will make us strong.
Itís been a rough week for a lot of people in a lot of ways. A lot of the things Iím seeing coming down the pike are scary, but Iíll tell you we are not alone.
I recently received an E-mail from somebody who wanted me to take him off my Email list. He said he made the mistake of signing up for my mailing list because he had seen me quoted in lots of recent news articles and totally supports my fight for privacy and our civil liberties but after he discovered I was a Christian, he wanted to have no part of anything I had to say and wanted to be removed from my mailing list.
I wrote back and told him the reality is that yes, I am a follower of Christ. That is who and what I am and if it wasnít, if I didnít have Faith, if I didnít have the confidence that we were not alone I think I would probably give up. Iíd probably crawl under a rock and spend my time at the fabric and craft store making little needlepoint coasters. I donít think that Iíd be doing the work that I do because I donít think Iíd have the confidence, courage and put one foot out of bed after the other in the morning requirement that it takes to really look at whatís going on in the world.
The ultimate irony in all of this is there are times when people will talk about God and everyone will agree and kind of nod their head vigorously but not really give Faith in God the full credit that it is due. Iíll give you an example. After 9/11 we had a terrific guest on the program who talked about how she was in one of the Trade Towers before it fell. She talked about how she walked barefoot in the broken glass down forty-some flights of stairs just to get out. She talked about how God enabled her to have the courage to do that. When stories like that are told, everyone applauds and says thatís fabulous. But if you talk about God in just your daily life; you know, youíre not in a burned out darkened stairwell right now where it makes sense to call out to God - I think even the most ardent atheist would probably think to call out to God in a moment like that - but calling out to Him on a daily basis. I think that distinguishes people who walk in Faith from people who simply nod, appreciate and understand sometimes other peopleís need for Faith.
I would say that the times we are living in right now are getting pretty close to walking down that dark stairway and if you try to do it alone, youíre going to be lonely, depressed, discouraged, and frightened out of your mind. Youíre going to say, ďWhat is the point?Ē You will potentially have an overwhelming sense of hopelessness and disappointment over the way this world is turning out.
If you pick up your Bible you will realize that all of this was predicted in advance; a time of people falling away, when peopleís love will grow cold, when parents and children will turn each other in- indeed, turn on each other - a time when the world will be a difficult place to be. Given that we knew this was coming thousands of years ago, when it comes donít be amazed or surprised. Understand that this was predicted and the good news is that the other promises in the Bible are also true. The outcome if this world is known, the good guys win in the end and the best news is that we are not alone.
This editorial was transcribed and adapted for print from a recent Katherine Albrecht radio program, by David Deschesne, with her permission. Dr. Katherine Albrecht, Ed. D. is a syndicated radio talk show host on the Genesis Communication Network. Listen to her program live daily, or download her podcast for listening at any time at www.gcnlive.com Katherineís website is: www.katherinealbrecht.com