In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, (Genesis 1:1 NRSV)
Will Durant, the great historian, said, "When people ask me to compare the twentieth century to older civilizations, I always say the same thing: 'The situation is normal.'"

The world has always been in bad shape--ever since humans first appeared on the globe. Up until then, things had been pretty peaceful. But with humanity came lust and greed and resentment and malice and a host of other malevolent emotions. Our time is no better or no worse. Because people are no better or worse.

There is that old story from centuries ago about three men in a boat, none of whom could swim. When they got out to the middle of the lake one of them took out an augur and began boring a hole in the bottom of the boat. The other two shouted, "What are you doing?"

"Mind your own business," said the one with the augur. "I'm drilling this hole beneath my seat alone. It has nothing to do with you."

"But," shouted the other two men, "we are all in the same boat!"

Our world is only slowly realizing that we ARE in the same boat.

What are you doing to make our world and boat better?

Loving God, may I say thank you for this beautiful world by making it a better place for all. In Jesus name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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