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By: Dr. Katherine Albrecht, Ed. D.

Fort Fairfield Journal, April 7, 2010

The whole nation is talking about the fact that we're in for a rough time. It doesn't matter where you stand on the health care vote, you've got to recognize that it's tearing this nation apart. The majority of the country opposed that bill but the Congress voted for it, anyway.

We are coming face to face with the reality of the fact that Congress is no longer doing our bidding and no longer representing what it is we want to have done in our country. I think a lot of people are feeling extremely discouraged on the public front. Add to that the fact that people are losing their jobs in record numbers. Some say we have an unemployment rate in this country as high as 20% - that's one if five people who would like to be working are currently not working. Many of them have given up their job search, they've already been unemployed for so long they've lost their unemployment benefits and are now among the discouraged. When you have twenty percent of the population discouraged about even being able to earn enough money to keep a roof over their heads, you start seeing a lot of interpersonal hardship.

There's a lot of strain and stress that can take their toll on a marriage after losing a job. We know that all of these things are happening by the millions. There are millions of individual stories of heartbreak happening across the country right now. When you add to that the frustrations of the feeling that our elected representatives not only aren't getting it and aren't listening to us, but that they're actively working against our interests - you have a recipe for some stress.

There is hope. I would like to remind you of the Sermon on the Mount, given by one of the wisest people to walk on the face of the Earth - Jesus Christ, and what He had to say about who is blessed. You need to think about this in this time when we really do need blessing.

In Matthew, Chapter 5, we have a section called the Beatitudes - the blessings - They are:

Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. That means don't be boastful or prideful, don't puff yourself up. Those who walk in a humble way in a road of poverty are those who will be blessed. Blessed are they who mourn for they shall be comforted. I take the mourning to be blessed are they who actually feel their suffering instead of walling it off with bravado or with anger, which often covers up sorrow. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the Earth. That means when the fighting erupts outside your door or within your own home, take the meek, quiet, gentle road. Blessed are they who hunger and thirst after righteousness for they shall be filled. Hungering and thirsting after righteousness means taking a look at the things that are wrong in the world and having your very soul ache for them to be set right. Blessed are the merciful for they shall attain mercy. Mercy is when you are in a position where you can do something brutal, or something gentle to someone who may actually deserve the brutality and you choose the gentleness. Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God. This is one of the reasons you need to come out of Babylon. You need to stop watching filthy television, get off the filthy websites and return your heart to a place of purity and cleanliness. Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God. We are coming to a time when there is so much strife, violence and anger - and I predict there will be more coming down the road. Our road is to be the makers of peace and people who create healing and knit things back together rather than ripping them apart.

Finally, if you do all of those things, I can guarantee that you will be persecuted. Those who follow the meek, kind, loving road will often encounter hatred by those people who want to be in that world of filth and violence. So, you've got to sit tight, you've got to go through it, you've got to be tough against that and that is why Jesus said Blessed are they who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.

If you follow all of those steps, you will have peace in your own soul.

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 Katherine’s website is:  www.katherinealbrecht.com