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Delta Dawn When the Light Comes On: Week 36

"One generation shall praise Your works to another, and declare Your mighty acts." Psalm 145:4 Ah, September! School, again. Football, again. New friends, again. We never outgrow it. Nostalgia takes us back to marching band and drills to do at half-time. It is noted in the newspaper's 'Old Time' events; scrapbooks are filled with pictures of people, in strange clothing, posing eyes squinting with forced smiles. But look! These are our parents and grandparents!! 

Every 80ish years society goes through an era, or season, where certain ideals, trends and operations, are widely accepted as good, bad or ugly. These things change about every 20ish years, but values, coping devices and social norms run concurrently, being taught to – and caught by - the next generation. Pioneers nurture and develop highways for nomads. Nomads find and follow their heroes. Heroes generate artists seeking truth. Artists update ways of pioneering basics of living.

The 'Seven Mountains of Influence' bend and sway with winds of understanding doctrine in families, religion, education, business, law enforcement, media and government.

In the nineteen thirties, people were pioneer minded. They launched out, away from the standard into new vistas, working the land, building and inventing easier ways to do tasks of daily life. Grange, country schools and various clubs brought people together to share knowledge, experience and train youngsters up in the ways of success for that day and time, creating strongholds of character.

Then, with modern conveniences, a generation morphed into nomads. "Hippies" were 'in the know', deep into drugs, orgies, unisex, irresponsibility, temporary residences and ballad singing. Society began to 'group' into teens, young adults, parents with two incomes (yuppies), etc., each one with its own specific rights. Heroes like John F. Kennedy, John Glenn and various rock stars, began to grab national attention. The 'Jesus movement' had a global impact in the 1970s and churches began to grow. "For the Lord your God is a jealous God ... showing mercy (covenant) to thousands of generations who love Me and keep My commandments." Deuteronomy 5:9,10

Artists appeared as Millennials. Most of them without fathers, their mothers working several jobs to keep food on the table. These young people seek reality and truth. Millennials understand entertainment and undertake it with fervor to wins souls, heal hearts and rebuild security. Born for such a time as this, the artist looks to God as the only truth of justice, faithfulness and mercy. Matthew 23:23. Of course, there is, always, an adversity to God's Plan for Man.

Valuing God and family took us all to venues where we placed our hearts and occupations. Personal pioneers, nomads, heroes and artists have shaped who we are and what we do. Come early or come late, Welcome! God's anointing is upon you. You are someone's hero and dearest friend. "Awake. Awake! Put on strength, O arm of the Lord! Awake as in the generations of old. You are the arm that wounds the serpent (devil)." Isaiah 51:9

Next Week: Year 5784


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