I opened a Christian-merchandise store on Main Street in Carbondale in July called Heaven's Gate. I saw a need for it in this spiritually dark valley.
I think of the store not only as a business but as a ministry, as well. I wanted this to be a place where believers could purchase Bibles and a variety of inspirational gifts as well as a place where hurting people could come to for sound scriptural advice and prayer and not be judged.
Today, more than ever, many are searching for truth and something to believe in. I can assure them, from experience, that drugs, alcohol, relationships and certainly not their own strength are ever the answer.
In a largely secular society fixated on climate change and the right to choose or deny life, some have become their own god, believing solely in their own power and ability to be self-sustainable. Folks, we cannot even take our next breath without the help of God, who breathed life into us to begin with.
Surrounded by such beauty and majesty in this valley, many have gotten so caught up in worshipping creation and not the Creator of a very precise and intelligent design. I certainly would not want the job of trying to dissect and figure out the answers to all of life's problems. I wouldn't be able to sleep at night.
I choose to let the Creator of the heavens and earth be in control. I choose to sit quietly enough at times to hear his still, small but unmistakeble voice in my ear for answers in all areas of my life. The Bible tells us, "In this life you will have trials and tribulations, but fear not, for I have overcome the world." Yes, there will be pain and sorrow but not confusion if you know that God loves you so much that he sent his son Jesus Christ to die for your sins, past, present and future, to prove it.
Anyone feeling alone and need someone to listen, please stop by Heaven's Gate.