Thursday, November 13, 2008

Where Moths Destroy

We’re headed for a recession, the experts all said in the summer. Now they predict it will get worse, much worse, before things get better. Many have put their trust in Obama, thinking he will take care of their mortgages, car payments, medical care, and college tuition costs. For these poor people (and I mean this in the spiritual sense), they are bound to be sorely disappointed.

I picked up a copy of “Kitt Kittredge: An American Girl” as a Christmas gift for my children. This tale, set during the now-oft-mentioned Great Depression, shows how a family can get through difficult financial times. We missed it in the theatres this July. Amazingly, the one local theatre who ran it only gave it two weeks before removing it. So I am really looking forward to seeing it with my kids.

As I watch my children’s poor little college accounts dwindle in value month by month, I can just imagine how devastating the loss must be to those who have invested many thousands.

There could be a bright light at the end of this tunnel. We Americans have enjoyed physical comfort for so long, yet we crave more. Instead of being thankful for what we have, we complain about what we have not. Could the end of this be a spiritual revival for America – and the rest of the world?

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal. But store up treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor decay destroy, nor thieves break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be."
Matthew 6:19-21


This resource about an online accounting degree may be of interest to people who feel like finances are one of their strengths.

Illustration: Misery by Fernando Pelez

3 comments:

Leticia said...

Excellent post, Elizabeth!
My thoughts while watching this film with my girls was, "I wonder if this is what we'll be facing in America soon." IT made tears roll down my cheeks watching how the children suffered then.
It will be worth it if we as a nation have a spiritual renewal.

Loren Christie said...

Not sure I'm excited about a Great Depression, but I was thinking of getting the movie for M for Christmas. Is it appropriate for a three year old? P.S. Good post.

Elizabeth Kathryn Gerold-Miller said...

I have not personally seen the movie yet, which is why I am excited about opening it for Christmas! Maybe I'll let them open it for my daughter's birthday. She was born a few days before Christmas, so when she opens her gifts I usually let the others have a little something as well. (Usually they are movies that I want to see with them!) Read Leticia's post (on Catholic Media Online, linked in my post) about Kitt. She only reviews good movies and she would say so if it was inappropriate for youngsters.