Friday, January 8, 2010


Fascinating articles naming the World Religious Idea of the Decade and the Second Worst Religious Idea of the Decade in the Washington Post.

Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.
-Romans 12:9-13

The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. 
-John 1:14

Guess what? The water's back on:) Our next door neighbors the Smiths came back to Haiti and showed us how to turn on the pump.

Hallelujah, thank you Jesus.

God's been teaching me in this way - every time I am uncomfortable, or denied something, or afraid, God is increasing my capacity for empathy and solidarity with those who suffer that way every day.

For instance, if I'm afraid that I might be mugged or assaulted while walking around, that helps me to have deep empathy and compassion for the millions or even billions of women who live in places where it is a very real possibility that they will be attacked while walking to get water, or get firewood, or go about their business.

If I am really inconvenienced by my lack of water at home for two days, and I'm annoyed that I didn't get to eat what I wanted for dinner because we couldn't use water to boil pasta, and I didn't get to wash my hair for four days.....then I have much greater understanding and compassion now for the millions, or billions perhaps, who have no water....ever. Or its dirty water, that brings illness and suffering. Or its never been a hot shower, not once.

Thank you, God, for inconveniencing me. For, as Matt Chandler's amazing sermon (The Path Part 9: Sabbath) we listened to last night said, "being willing to break my fingers in order to pry my hands off of things that hurt me."


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