Through the Darkness

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Winter is coming and the darkness is slowly moving in.
There are tribulations of all sorts everywhere.
And somehow, somewhere, they are all interconnected.
The persistent drought in California is due to climate change.
Climate change is happening because we have severely polluted our planet
Earth is groaning from all the mess we have created.
The mess have come from our crass materialism and unmitigated consumerism.
We want more and more of everything, gutting earth out of resources.
This state of affairs have created situations
Where some people have more than what they need – much, much more.
And others barely have anything to get by.
This iniquity and inequality have created enmity among people.
There is anger and hate among those who don’t have against those who have.
There is fear and loathing among those who have against those who don’t.

I am caught adrift in such tempestuous state of affairs.
My heart bleeds for the many Christians suffering persecution in the Middle East.
I am enraged by the barbarism and cruelty of the extremists and terrorists.
I am continuously appalled by the greed and pride in Wall Street.
I cannot comprehend how the appetite for power can be so insatiable.
The world needs changing but what can I do?

The winter is coming but I can make the place where I am a little bit warmer.
The darkness is setting in but the moon can lighten up even the darkest night.
I can give small blessings instead of cursing big time.
I can choose to give love instead of giving in to hatred and anger.
I indulge myself less so I save some to help satisfy others.
I can live with lesser clothes, with lesser food, with less of everything
So that I can have more for sharing and for giving.

The genius and heart of Michael Jackson:
“Maybe you and I can’t do great things
We may not change the world in one day
But we still can change some things today
In our small way”

Such small ways, done with others gathered together in God’s name,
will create ripples that will create the waves
that will serve to tilt the tipping point
for goodness to finally triumph over evil,
for love to win over hate and
for life to finally overcome death.

If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
Psalm 95

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Again, amen, I say to you,
if two of you agree on earth
about anything for which they are to pray,
it shall be granted to them by my heavenly Father.
For where two or three are gathered together in my name,
there am I in the midst of them.”
Matthew 18:19-20

 

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