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Rising Gas Prices

Gasoline prices are continuing their steady ascent into a realm that will make the elixir that gives life to automobiles unaffordable for an increasing number of Americans. For those who would normally have the freedom this summer to travel, their vacation may be instead be a “stay-cation” because of this rise.

Will rising gas prices force vacation trips to suffer a similar fate as the Ford Edsel?

Ford Edsel: will "vacations" suffer a similar fate?

Vacations may go the way of the Edsel, strewn along the roadside like abandoned disabled vehicles, as the economy continues to descend as gas prices ascend. Mere survival will take precedence over recreation as we move through 2012, and for the American Recreation Culture this forced change of habits will be a bitter pill to swallow.

As acerbic rhetoric is the ammunition of an embattled 2012 U.S. Presidential race, the lowering of gasoline prices is becoming a campaign issue. Republican candidate Newt Gingrich claims that he could lower petrol prices to $2.50, but Fadel Gheit, a Managing Director and Senior Analyst covering the Oil and Gas sector for Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. claims that oil prices would have to fall to around $50.00 a barrel, and said “only a depression would bring oil prices down that much.”

Barack Obama is being blamed in some sectors for the continued rise in gas prices, but ultimately it is out of his hands as well. This rise is part of an engineered economic meltdown, where the aforementioned “depression” is not a strong enough term to describe the end result. Obama has been a useful, productive, and willing blowtorch in the meltdown that is taking place, but he is not truly the blame for the gasoline price rise. Conversely, none of the Republican field – whether it be Gingrich, Romney, Santorum, or Paul – is going to do much to lower prices should they have the opportunity to replace the erstwhile Barry Soetoro in November, 2012.

As of this writing, we can only speculate how high the cost of gasoline will rise, but $5.00 to $6.00 or higher a gallon seems a likelihood before 2012 gasps, collapses, and expires into 2013. We need to gird ourselves for tumult and trouble, while not losing site of what is most precious.

While the end of the world is not coming on December 21st or on any other day in 2012, TEOTWAWKI or the end of the world as we know it is underway. Simply put, the free, sovereign, and prosperous lifestyle that Americans have enjoyed for decades is coming to an end. We have heard it for so long now that many have become deaf to the warning, but the One World Religion, Government, and Economy as described in the book of Revelation, chapters 17 and 18, is being meticulously formed today with precise deliberation. As you watch the Dollar and Euro staggering while the Middle East is becoming increasingly inflamed; while you witness an American populace overcome with uncivil discourse – perched on the precipice of civil unrest and revolt – you see the landscape changing as a new structure is being built.

But know that despite all of the aforementioned, there will come peace in the valley.


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Flashbacks

On February 26, 2011 I wrote and posted to my music website an inspirational piece titled Walking Away From the Wreckage. Have you ever had to crawl out of and stagger away from life’s wreckage – whether it be actual or metaphorical? Has a series of storms served to destroy your house of straw? If so, do any of your wounds continue to bleed? Do you continue to suffer a degree of mental, emotional, or spiritual trauma?

Though injured and bleeding you can walk away.

Though injured and bleeding you can walk away.

If you answered “yes” to any or all of the above questions, you share a kinship with those who would be considered “wayfarers” in my fiction trilogy. Indeed, you may in fact be one! So now, it is likely that you’ve set about on a journey home – walking away from said wreckage – with no one to answer your call for help or to give you a ride. Indeed, your legs are tired and aching and the hole in your soul is gaping. But, did you know that it is evil you are escaping as you walk away?

Even after you’ve paced off enough distance to put the wreckage out of sight, there may well be flashbacks to the actual events that caused the crash. Those events are shoved down inside of the pack that you didn’t realize was on your back until now; and what a heavy weight it is to carry. There are scars that are visible to those who are blessed with the vision to see them. Those who can see the scars will lift up their prayers on your behalf, as they have faith in the one, true, living, triune God who can heal. But unfortunately dear wayfarer, there will be a greater amount of bigmouths and know-it-alls who will tell you that it’s your fault that the crash occurred and if you would have merely done things their way, none of this calamity would have befallen you…

…But you must remember dear wayfarer, it’s those bigmouths and know-it-alls; as well-meaning as they believe themselves to be – that will be the first to perish when the fan turns brown. Instead of being bitter against them, you must pray for them, as they are wrapped in the tow-chains of bondage!

As the storm blasts from the Supernatural into the Natural – you will be strengthened against it because you survived the crash; the crash that flipped your fragile world upside-down. Yes, indeed – the horrific crash that poured out the water from your oceans.

In time, the pain will subside and the flashbacks will fade like a far-off AM radio station on a cold, crystal-clear and starry night. There is healing, oh yes there will be peace in the valley!

Walk on wayfarer; walk on!


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