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March 31, 2007

Help with running our lives



To the editor:

I am a person that believes in a such thing as a "spiritual" eye. When I look around with my "spiritual" eye I can see God. When I say "see" God I mean I can see the very works of his hand. It's a grand design. Micro to macro. I am thankful for the gift he has given me to see the beauty and blessings in everyday. I envy the flower of the field because there is no struggle about who made it or its purpose. We're the ones that have this gift we call "life" twisted. If we can't see God's hand in our life or others, we are blind. Our "spiritual" eye has not opened.

I pity the persons that have disconnected themselves from their creator. There is a void present within when we separate ourselves from the "sustainer of life." Matthew 5:3 states: "Happy are those conscious of their spiritual need, since the kingdom of heaven belongs to them." The same one who created us, created the universe itself. He is the very one spinning and moving the planets and he knows each star by name. He knows us down to the works of our hearts to how many hairs protrude from our bodies. Who are we to taunt and mock the living God? As if he was obligated to reveal anything to one of his unappreciative creation. God is in everything, but his dwelling is out of this world, though he is only found in the heart.

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The reason I love my God is pure and simple, the way it is supposed to be. I cannot run my own lifeand prosper. I am good at digging holes in my life and even better at digging them deeper. I chose to give my life to God. It's a weight off my shoulders because I believe his hands are the most capable for my life to be in. It wasn't because of death, in fact before I had accepted Christ I had attempted suicide. But, it's not about death, it's about life. I couldn't live life, so, just like Matthew 19:26 states "With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." And Jeremiah 10:23 states: "It does not belong to man who is walking even to direct his own steps." These are observations as real today as they were yesterday.

Parental guidance is essential to the growth of any human. The parentless child tries to live, as expected, but always has a void present because they don't know where they came from or find themselves wondering what life would be like united with their parent(s). Being separated from our parents has an effect on our lives as the years go by. Same goes with our heavenly father. No one can fill that place except him.

As Hebrews 11:1 states: "Faith is the assured expectation of things hoped for, the evident demonstration of realities though not beheld." Verse 6 states, "He that approaches God must believe that he is and that he becomes the rewarder of those earnestly seeking him." To those who have faith he is continually giving gifts of blessings and opportunities, physical and spiritual. These facts are very real in my life. If anyone wants faith, begin searching. When your "spiritual" eye begins to pen that "spiritual" window is open in your life. You may be surprised at how real the spirits are. Whether positive or negative, they'll have an effect on your life. Skeptics may find themselves in a hell of a jam and yell "Oh, my God!(him being the only one to call on) Please help me.

May all the glory and praise, strength and honor be to Jehovah God Almighty (ex. 6:3), the father of my lord and savior, Jesus the Christ (1 Timothy 2:5-6).

Brandon J. Harris 23767

Washington County Detention Center

Hagerstown




Higher being hasn't helped much



To the editor:

I agree wholeheartedly with the intent of Meredith Fouche's letter of March 1 in which he hopes for world harmony, however I greatly disagree with his solution. His solution is that "we must all recognize there is a higher being." Well isn't that actually the cause of almost all strife in the world today, that every group thinks that their God wants something different? In order to decrease hatred and violence in the world we need to move beyond that.

This absurd clinging to the Bronze Age myth of a supreme being has stifled human knowledge and creativity, has enslaved millions, has led to countless wars, insurrections, and human miseries. It is by far the greatest source of evil in the world.

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