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Today I taught a class at the university in a building that had its front door chained shut and locked with a padlock. When I stopped by the Dean's office on my way out to share my concern about how unsafe it is to block a major fire exit in this manner, I was very politely and courteously told it had been done because that was the only way they had to secure the contents of the building and that now no one had a key to the padlock. I think there should come a point in time when securing the lives of people occupying a building becomes more important than securing the content of a building. I was glad I had told my students in lecture today that they should voice a complaint because they would be paid attention to more than I would.
Once home, I found myself wondering what I was supposed to learn from my "locked door" experience. The only answer I came up with is how my real "emergency preparedness" plan is keeping spiritually fit by staying in strong relationship with God. When my ego crowds God out of things and I try to control things rather than letting God handle everything, then my "spiritual door" is padlocked shut. In my "self-will run riot" condition I cannot access God's love and care. I am the one that shuts and padlocks the door. God can only knock on the door; I have to open it. May God bless and keep you.
For more on this topic, go to: http://evolvingelder.wordpress.com/2014/02/03/emergency-preparedness/