I’m overwhelmed with sorrow, sunk in a swamp of despair! I’m like someone who goes to the garden to pick cabbages and carrots and corn and returns empty-handed, finding nothing for soup or sandwich or salad.
There’s not a decent person in sight. Right-living humans are extinct. They’re all out for one another’s blood, animals preying on each other. They’ve all become experts in evil. Corrupt leaders demand bribes.
The powerful rich make sure they get what they want. The best and brightest are thistles.
The top of the line is crab grass. No longer: It’s exam time. Look at them slinking away in disgrace!
Don’t trust your neighbor, don’t confide in your friend. Watch your words, even with your spouse. Neighbourhoods and families are falling to pieces. The closer they are—sons, daughters, in-laws—the worse they can be. Your own family is the enemy. (Micah 7:1-6, MSG)
I am thinking you have a friend like this too…right? Run I say! RUN AWAY FAST! Folks like this just drag you down, don’t they? God calls us to joy—Where is yours?
“The joy of God is your strength!” (Nehemiah 8:10b, MSG)
Prayer-Lord, help us not be Negative Nellies with nothing good to say about anyone! Amen.