Sticking together in tough times


Jimmy Cochran

Columnist


My Mother and I often sit on the deck and she tells me stories of her childhood and growing up during the Depression years and World War II. She has recounted the story several times about how in the early 1930’s, her mother and brothers were living with her grandparents along with other family members. My grandmother and her family lived in the attic of the Craftsman-style house in the West End of Atlanta, then a rather affluent area. However, in those days there was no such thing as air-conditioning and the summers in the attic were stifling hot and sleep was almost impossible, so many nights my mother and grandmother would sit out on the front steps of the house until midnight or later when the attic would begin to cool off.

However, even at that late hour, the neighborhood was alive. People were sitting on their porches, walking the sidewalks, and visiting back and forth between the houses…all while trying to beat the heat. There was a kinship and bond formed during those hot evenings.

Those decades were tough. Depression, war, loss of jobs and homes, struggling to make ends meet or even making enough money to survive was the primary thought in everyone’s mind. And during those years, people were searching for hope. Searching for something to cling to. And people flocked to the churches and found their hope and support there. Those are the years, that the churches flourished and people’s lives were founded in their faith.

A similar thing happened after September 11, 2001. Our country was under attack and people turned back to the church to gain strength and hope through God and prayed for help and peace. Yet, once again, when the horrors of that day began to subside, many left their faith, strength, and hope at the doors of their church.

Now, once again, our country is under an even greater threat. Mass crime, senseless shootings, revenge attacks, not feeling safe in crowds or even in your own home. Believers and non-believers alike are asking God, “What is going on? How is this ever going to end?”

It is the time for us, as individuals, to come back together and bond as our parents and grandparents did during the Depression, during the wars, and the terror attacks against our country. It is the time for us to look past the differences of our neighbors and co-workers and begin appreciate the diversity and to work together to make much needed changes in our country and attitudes

God made us all. Pure and simple. He made us all ... equal in His eyes and it should be the same in our eyes, too. We have been given a land of freedom, even though many are abusing our freedoms and God grieves. His desire is for us to love and take care of each other, just as He intended in the beginning of the world.

In my thoughts, we all just need to take a couple steps back, take some deep breaths, and stay close to God. If you aren’t now, get back involved in a place where believers gather regularly and find the hope and strength that only God and fellow believers give us. I firmly believe that if we all return to God and pray for His protection of our country that He will deliver us. If we refuse, then we will fall into ruin. The choice is ours.

And as Joshua said many years ago, I say the same…. “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15)

And for today my friends, this has been the gospel according to Jimmy.

Jimmy Cochran is a resident of McDonough, a musician, a minister and the author of “Being God’s” and “Staying God’s,” both available at Amazon.com. Being God’s is also available at Moye’s Pharmacy in McDonough.