There was a time when we used to go to our neighbor’s house to borrow things. My mother would send me next store to get a cup of sugar or flour. I can also remember times when our neighbors did the same. Today we get in our cars and drive to the nearest store, and just buy it. We wouldn’t think of asking a neighbor.
In doing so we have lost a sense of an interdependent community that helps one another. We have replaced it with a strong notion of being self sufficient. Perhaps we are too proud to ask for help when we need it. Rather than being indebted to friends, we are indebted to credit card companies.
In the same way, we have left God and prayer out of our lives. After all, if we acknowledge that we might need something that the world cannot provide, we are a failure. The mere acceptance that there are things completely out of our control is an anathema to us, and should be avoided at all costs. I would suggest that it is in our need for God that true strength is found. We are not created to be alone and isolated, but to be in community with each other and God