Losing Faith vs. Gaining Strength
I have become friends with a Notmilk reader whose last
year includes one nightmare after another. This person
has modified what she eats from the standard American
diet to something just short of vegan as a result of
the Notmilk influence, and that has become one of
the most healing parts of her life.
In times of need, one often turns to words of wisdom
from one or more of the world's great philosophers.
Be it losing one's job, or an illness, or a death, or
an emotionally challenging time of life, words from
the wise can become inspiring food for thought.
About one year ago, this young woman worked at a job in
which an immature co-worker thought that it might be fun
to remove her ladder while she was getting something
from a high shelf. Laughter turned ugly when she fell
and severely injured herself and is now disabled. That
horror is minor when compared to the next two incidents.
Shortly after her debilitating injury, her eldest son and
a female friend were shot to death during a home invasion.
The murders have not yet been solved. I have seen the
newspaper accounts and confirmed the accuracy of the
events as they were related to me in this and the
Recently, her second eldest son discovered that his
young wife was involved in a deceptive relationship
with another man. Upon learning of his own worst
nightmare, something within him resulted in an instant
meltdown. His attorney will call it temporary insanity
at his upcoming murder trial. That will not prevent
this young man from spending the rest of his life in
jail for slashing his wife to death in the shower
in a scene that the prosecutor will describe to the
jury with 9 x 12 glossy CSI photos as a scene
reminiscent from the movie, Psycho.
Which brings us to my friend. One single mother as the
sole breadwinner with young children at home should
not have to suffer through any one of the above experiences,
let alone all three within a twelve month period. These
biblical-like trials of Job would challenge any one of us
in ways that I cannot personally imagine. There are scars
upon my friend's psyche which will never he healed.
In FOOD FOR THOUGHT (page 80), these nourishing words
"We cannot afford to let our spirits chafe over any real
or supposed wrong done to ourselves. Self is the enemy
we most need to fear. No form of vice has a more baleful
effect upon the character than has human passion not
under control of the Holy Spirit. No other victory we
can gain will be so precious as the victory gained
- Ellen G. White
"I want you to be everything that's you, deep at
the center of your being."
Her name is Joan, and in your emails to her you
might offer your own food for thought.