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Could you survive if all of the stores closed and there was no electricity, phone service, or gas?
One of my daughter's teachers mentioned to the class the other day that if anything ever happened here in America, most of us wouldn't even know how to grow our own food. We wouldn't know how to make our own clothing or do our laundry. She was recommending that they learn this stuff - not because she was making a doomsday prediction, but because she knows if anything catastrophic happened, most of this country would be in big trouble.
I tend to agree with her. We are losing the last generation that knew how to grow their own food and sew their own clothing. They cleaned with vinegar and baking soda. They washed their clothing in a big tin tub.
While I know not everyone is going to enjoy homemaking and gardening, it may be wise to learn some basics. Or, at the very least, to have a book on hand, should you ever need it.
Do you have a resource you could turn to should you need it?
We have become mega-consumers, purchasers of the end product, never having any idea how it came to us. To many of us, everything from fruits and veggies to chicken to flour originates from Walmart. Of course, we all really know they don't.
But if Walmart ceased to exist...could you survive?
Of course, I hope that life will continue on just has it has for a long time - with plenty of stores filled with food and clothing. I hope that we will be able to always use our cars to go places. And I hope that we will never need to cower in our homes consumed with fear.
But wouldn't it be wise to at least give it some thought...just in case?
I just finished a book that took place in the communist era of Romania. Most of the Jews there lived wealthy, comfortable lives - a lot like our own. They had beautiful houses and anything money could buy. Within a few short years, they had lost all of their worldly wealth and were forced to live on the least amount possible. They had to pool their resources, live in drafty old attics or sheds, and even then the Secret Police would find them and demand taxes, stealing the little bits they had left. It was a terrible time. This really happened. I know many of us live in America, home of the brave and land of the free. But things change, sometimes very quickly.
It may be wise to at least consider what we would do, should there be some great catastrophe. And, while we are considering--
Let us live the life we are enjoying today with tremendous gratitude towards God, the One who has so graciously provided it!
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