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A Cowboy’s Faith: Thankfulness in troubled times

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Oh, how can things get any worse?”

The comment has been heard frequently over the past several months.

Yet common opinion seems to be that many considered problems have continued to deteriorate from day to day.

It is true according to folks who closely study history; today’s worldwide dilemmas are the most serious of all time. However that is opinionated evaluation of sorts.

Those who have lost family members during wars or due to incurable disease thought nothing could be more terrible.

Ones with physical body incapacities or loss of comprehension and memory just know there can’t be anything else so bad.

Couples unable to have children, losing a baby during birthing, or death of a child in growing years feel defeated.

Persons going through the 1929 market crash, Great Depression, Dust Bowl wondered how anything could be so merciless.

Agriculturalists stricken by the 1980s high interest, low prices, bankruptcies, loss of generational farms still can’t comprehend that difficult time.

Each era, there has been the question: “How can life get any worse?”

Never are the dreadful experiences forgotten always remaining with eternal sadness and apprehension. Time does not completely heal everything.

Life does go on with continuing challenges, which must be met with relentless determination and faith. The worst griefs and discouragements are always followed by better days.

During this season, despite problematic issues, there is much to be thankful for.

Life is quite simple regardless of many expecting so much more from it. If there’s food for nourishment, clothes for body cover, roof overhead protection from elements, family, friends and faith, that’s sufficient. Those realizing and appreciating down-to-earth living are happiest of all.

Luxurious homes, fancy cars, diamond jewelry, lots of money in the bank are all so unimportant. It’s easy to look around communities and see those without high society lives are the happiest.

Instead of harping about all of the existing problems, now is the time to be thankful for all there is.

Pessimists predict increased health and economic issues, deterioration of society, and they could be right.

Records reveal whenever situations have seemed at the very lowest, there has been recovery. Times have become better than ever before. Those days are ahead.

Reminded of Jeremiah 30:20: “The world will turn around, thrive and flourish as thanksgivings pour from the windows.”

030615-franksmug2Frank J. Buchman is a lifelong rancher from Alta Vista, a lifetime newspaper writer, syndicated national ag writer and a radio marketing consultant. He writes a weekly column to share A Cowboy’s Faith.


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