I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like to gamble a little bit now and then. If you’ve ever purchased a lottery ticket, a scratch-off, or played a few hands of five card stud, you have gambled. For most of us, its just a little innocent fun to break the monotony. However, there are some of us who can’t seem to stop gambling once we get started.
Of particular concern to me are the new apps for our telephones that allow us to gamble in our homes. Elderly people who have mental and physical illness may be particularly vulnerable to gambling since they are isolated, may show symptoms of dementia, and may be starving for human contact.
There is much that we can do to help them. Even though we may not be able to physically contact them, we can call them and call each other. It always amazes me when I hear stories of people who lives have been saved by a kind word, “I was just thinking of you and was wondering how you are doing.”
There is one thing that I never gamble and that is my relationship with Jesus Christ. To that end, I want to once again offer a prayer that you can use to ensure that you are not gambling with your salvation.
“Lord God, please forgive me for all the things I have done wrong. I turn to you and turn away from sin. Jesus, please be the center of my life. I welcome you personally as Lord and Savior of my life. I ask you, Holy Spirit, to fill me and empower me to live as a child of God. I want to have your grace to truly live a new life. Thank you for hearing my prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen.”
The above prayer was taken from a prayer card by ChristLife, a Catholic Ministry for Evangelization. They can be reached at www.ChristLife.org.
“May the Lord bless and keep you. May he let his face shine upon you and give you his peace.”