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From Jim Barnhart

July 3, 2012
Wetzel Chronicle

As another presidential election approaches, I felt compelled to share this letter for my fellow Americans to consider.

If I remember correctly there were 1.5 million people who made the effort to attend the last presidential inauguration and this is not counting the millions who watched by television. I marveled and wondered about this because of the many times in the past that the people elected a man to solve our problems, or the political pendulum has swung to the different political party, with very little real change in direction or policies for the country.

It's not that I'm bashing Obama. In fact, I believe he's doing a fairly decent job for a government man in the midst of a majority of blessed and spoiled Americans who aren't grateful or satisfied with much of anything, who, for the most part, have no sensible answers to our country's woes themselves.

Besides, does anyone honestly think it would have been better or different if McCain had been elected?

But maybe we're looking in the wrong direction. Maybe the problem is we're putting way too much confidence in the wrong place. I recently discovered some verses in a book that most don't give much time or confidence these days that made a lot of sense, and I believe has the answers to our nation's problems. The verses are contained in God's Holy Bible. Please consider: Jeremiah 17:5-8, "Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans and turn their hearts away from the Lord. They are like stunted shrubs in the desert, with no hope for the future. They will live in the barren wilderness, on the salty flats where no one lives. But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they go right on producing delicious fruit."


Jim Barnhart




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