The Anchoress has a great post today here. It's about hope despite the harrowing events we see going on around us: terrorism, (Fort Hood), an out of control Congress passing society-changing legislation in the dark of the night.
For a long time I've had a sense that the major events going on in our society are leading to a time of great troubles. This thought is not intended to be depressing or despairing, but realistic. Tough times are ahead, economically, politically, socially, religiously. Tough times are already here. Millions of people are unemployed, with few prospects for an expansion of new jobs. The value of the dollar is plummeting because of the reckless spending of our federal government. Last Friday the central bank of India bought 200 tons of gold--and got rid of a corresponding amount of dollars. The other countries that have been supporting profligate American spending are not going to continue lending us money indefinitely. And why should they? Why should they support a self-indulgent society that takes no thought for the future, that is willing to burden its children and grandchildren with a mountain of unsustainable debt? This party can't go on forever, and "the night is far spent" (St. Paul). More on that later, but for now, the Anchoress' words offer a good dose of hope.