I am disappointed with the society in which we live. I remember my father telling me that it is a dog-eat-dog world in modern business; this was in the 1950s. Many times, I feel that it has only worsened. I am gripped by fear when I walk into a shopping mall, and I see people with guns on their hips; It is like we live in an old-time western movie; one in which I do not want to experience; the OK Corrals at my local mall.
I remember the end of the movie The Electric Horseman when Jane Fonda asks Robert Redford where he would go, and his response was that he was returning to a simple life. What a dream! I want to live in a small town called The Lord is Here; where and when everyone lives by the simple law of love your neighbor. I want to give justice to the simple.
I am made by and fully known to God; Love is the simple word I live by; Jesus tells me to live for God in all that I do. This is simple wealth; the wealth of the unoppressed, the humble. By speaking with God, I create a place of simplicity, a place to cleanse my soul of the wickedness in the world, a place to open my heart to God in new and simple ways. The Lord is Here! From Proverbs: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit him, and he will make your paths straight (3:5,6). We are called by our names by our God of Love to live a life of love and generosity, a life of caring; a life of simple fellowship.
© Russell Kendall Carter