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Daily News Editorial

By Staff | Mar 22, 2008

The pinch most Americans are feeling right now is downright excruciating because of the economic squeeze.

While prices soar, interest rates fall as does the stock market. Also affected are moods and any future plans involving cash, savings or use of credit cards .

It’s a safe bet most of these woes are tied to escalating gas prices. Every item purchased, whether a need or a want, carries a transportation cost unless locally grown or constructed.

So Americans must do what they know how to do best and that is:

n Buckle down.

n Hang in there.

n Stay strong.

n Sacrifice!

Sacrifice, now that’s a word becoming more pronounced.

One definition is “surrender or destruction of something prized or desirable for the sake of something considered as having a higher or more pressing claim.”

The economy at some point will level out and regain ground.

When? Who knows.

Think back. In the 20th century alone, Americans survived two great World Wars, a Cold War, a Korean War, a Vietnam War, other conflicts and the Great Depression.

The finale of the Roaring ’20s whimpered with a hopeless sound of worthlessness as the stock market crashed in October 1929, ushering a depressed time for a tired nation. But Americans, for the most part, are a tough lot and survived.

In that weary time, our ancestors were stubborn enough to dig in and hang on for the long haul.

We too know sacrifice and do it willingly for the sake of us all.

Once there was another individual who carried the unwanted burden of a huge sacrifice. He was to lay down his life for all of humanity, a human sacrifice to save us from our sins and final damnation.

The brunt of this excruciating pain delivered by a spear, nails, crown of thorns on a cross was the infinite price Jesus Christ had to pay.

It had to be. In the end, He did it willingly for the sake of savings souls by sacrificing his own life.

As Christians celebrate Jesus’ glorious resurrection on Sunday, let us remember that through economic sacrifice in troubled times, the ordeal will make us stronger for enduring the experience.

Never forget we are in this together.