Wisdom Story – 241

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The Minister traveled for days by train and car and boat to one of the furthest islands in the nation.

As he surveyed the bleak but inspiring landscape, he turned to a local villager and said: “You’re very remote here, aren’t you?”

She responded: “Remote from what?”

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Remembering the Holocaust

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Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day. The Holocaust is seared in our memories as a horrendous aberration perpetrated by a mad group of evildoers. We cannot deny it and we must never let it happen again.

Without taking anything away from the Holocaust of World War II, I want to point toward another “holocaust.”  According to UNICEF, “About 29,000 children under the age of five –  21 each minute – die every day, mainly from preventable causes.

Are we, am I, in denial about this and how can we stop it?

I live in the richest civilization in human history and, if only through the media, am able to witness the conditions under which 1.3 billion people live on less than $1.25 a day.

Am I not not the contemporary rich man ignoring the beggar Lazarus at his gate?

What to do? What to do? What to do?

Thirst

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Because I want to keep clear of copyright infringement, I never quote you a whole poem.  This time, however, I long to be able to show you the complete work.  It is that wonderful. Please click below to “read the entire poem.”

Another morning and I wake with thirst
for the goodness I do not have. I walk
out to the pond and all the way God has
given us such beautiful lessons. Oh Lord,
I was never a quick scholar but sulked
and hunched over my books past the
hour and the bell; grant me, in your
mercy, a little more time. Love for the
earth and love for you are having such a
long conversation in my heart.

You can read the entire poem here.

Presence 3.1

Denise pointed me to this mesmerizing and beautiful video.  It’s an installation from an exhibition in London.