“I’m tired of being around unhappy people”

Somebody posted that on Facebook today. I understand, believe me. Unhappy people make me sad, and unhappy, too.

But, unfortunately, I don’t have blinders on.

I see the poor blamed for their poverty.

I see immigrants blamed for wanting to escape corruption in their own countries.

I see hungry people being demeaned when they try to access food – FOOD.

I see our government spending obscene amounts of money on weapons of war against our neighbors.

I will see people dying because they can’t afford their medications or a visit to the doctor.

I see people living on the streets.

I see privately owned prisons and “detention facilities” getting rich by warehousing people.

I see people in cities being made homeless by the effects of global warming.

I see young people who would desperately love more education being denied it because they don’t have funds.

I’m sorry, I can’t just whine about wishing everyone around me was happy. I have to speak out when I see injustice. I have to march, and make phone calls, and send emails and text messages, and nag, and point it out when I hear lies from elected officials or worse still from “nominal” Christians. I CAN NOT bury my head in the sand, and complain when other people are unhappy. I have to find out why they are unhappy, and I have to help them solve whatever problems they may have. 

Rattling Around in my Head

I was heartened to see the way Hugh Hollowell and Love Wins Ministries in Raleigh, NC, were able to make inroads in some of the draconian laws and ordinances about the homeless.

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I also absolutely agree with David Hensen in his God Article. I am constantly amazed at the shear meanness some governments exhibit when it comes to “the least of these.” We’ve got to do better, people.

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On a related note, I grieve for the folks in Seattle who have made their “homeless homes” in Nicklesville. Apparently the city is closing it down, and cleaning it out, but Seattle also hasn’t provided anywhere else for them to go.

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I’m re-reading Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver.

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Interestingly, the current issue of the National Audubon Society Magazine has an article about using native plants to control pests and increase the bird population. Fiction imitates life.

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I’m absolutely opposed to us taking unilateral action in Syria. I think the use of chemical weapons is anathema and beyond the pale. But I’m sure we can no longer be the arbiters of the world. I keep thinking “If this is so awful that it warrants bombing those in power, why don’t we feel the same way about the atrocities being committed in sub-Saharan Africa?” Big Al disagrees with me, and I’m not sure what the answer is, but I am sure that an escalation of violence is not it.

 

 

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I’m just beginning to understand why I haven’t been very good about posting on the blog. I put up a post every day last week, BUT I didn’t get over to the Wellness Center to work out – at all.

I’m not sure what the answer is, unless I give up something else.

  • I really like my reading time.
  • I really like sitting in the living room with Big Al in the evenings while we watch TV and I knit and do puzzles on the iPad.
  • I really like the activities I participate in during the day.
  • I really like spending an hour or so catching up with my friends on Facebook (I have already mostly given up Twitter because it was such a time-suck).
  • I don’t really like taking the time to cook dinner in the morning, but it’s better than cooking dinner in the evening.

I’m just not sure how I’m going to be able to fit in the time to both blog and work out.

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The preceding was written before lunch, and now I’m back from working out, after going to my Genealogy Group. Maybe this won’t be too disjointed. At least I hope not.

If anyone can figure out a solution to my problem of lack of time, I imagine you could make a fortune by bottling it!

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I have a meeting tonight for Pierce County Hunger Advocates. If you aren’t following that blog, or that Facebook page, then you aren’t really following me because that’s where a lot of my bandwidth is going these days.

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Speaking of hunger, homelessness, etc., I’ve been interested to follow the kerfuffle in Raleigh, NC, where the police threatened to arrest groups who were trying to feed the homeless on Saturday and Sunday. You can get a pretty good overview by checking the Pierce County Hunger page on Facebook. For information straight from the horse’s mouth, see the blog for Love Wins Ministries. Social media played an enormous role in “convincing” the city council and mayor to pay attention to the problem.

Expecting the Word – Advent Two – Thursday

My Advent series this year will follow the Words Matter Advent study from the National Council of Churches. Download the whole booklet if you’d like, and follow along with the writings for each day. I’d love to discuss them with you. Also, here is a link to the Advent readings from the Inclusive Bible. I prefer the more inclusive language here, than the NRSV texts used in the study booklet (be sure to read the note on page 6).

Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13

I’m struck by the way Peace doesn’t come except when paired with Justice.

When will we learn that?

G-d’s steadfast Love and Faithfulness only comes to fruition when led by Justice.

Where is the Justice in the world when some children go to bed hungry, and others refuse to eat what’s put before them because they dislike the taste?

Where is the Justice in the world when some children sleep on park benches or in homeless shelters, and others complain because they don’t have a new toy?

Where is the Justice in the world when the elderly are reluctant to go to the doctor for fear of the cost, and government workers have only the best health care?

I understand that I can’t right all the wrongs, but just because I can’t do everything, doesn’t mean I can’t do something!

G-d, forgive me for doing less than everything I can.