Let’s Trump Evil with Good and Win a Big Chocolate Bar!
Here is how to do it. I have 5 big bars of Trader Joe’s Chocolate for the first 5 people who invite a Muslim friend, co-worker, or neighbor to dinner. I ask that you simply invite them, cook a simple Halal meal, which could be vegetarian if you don’t have access to Halal meat. Now ask your guests questions about their life and listen. Please just listen and learn some things you’ve never known before. This is how we make friends, how we make peace and defuse the crazy phobias flying around these days. The first 5 people that get back to me with their address (US only please) and a simple description of their time I will send a 1 pound chocolate bar. I suspect you will receive an invitation in return and make a life long friend. I hope this is true. How about taking this challenge? Especially if you have never done this before.
Let us be world changers together and truly “Love our neighbors as ourselves”. “Doing unto others what we would like them to do to us”, takes some thought. What would it be like to be a Muslim in our country right now? How could I do something to help ease their fears and anxiety? What if I was in a foreign country where words were flying across the airwaves and threats being made about people of my faith? A simple invitation of hospitality might be a start. May God bless you! I hope to hear from you soon!
Categories: Advent, borderlands, Faith, God, Hope, Hospitality, Love, Peace and Reconciliation
Tags: chocolate, evil, good, hospitality, love, neighbors, trump
It looked like a crow was raiding a robin’s nest in the big plum-tree at the end of the yard. All the robins and chickadees were stirred up flapping and shrieking. It’s gone now. What damage did it do?
World events and ones closer to home keep me thinking of injustice. The powerful rule the weak. The unjust prey on those they can trample and oppress. Guns can be had easily by young mad men bent on destruction leaving beloved ones dead in the street. Who will stop this lunacy? How many have to say enough is enough?
The inexpensive jam I bought got to me yesterday. I normally read the labels, but it was late and I was in a hurry. Why are companies still making jam with high fructose corn syrup? I know it must be the cheapest way, the biggest profit margin to be gained. In the meantime, the rich get richer and the poor get fatter and sicker.
The crow came back. Was it for another mouthful? When will enough be enough? What can one person do? I can’t climb that tree and keep shooing away the crow today or everyday. How do I live in this perplexing world where there is still so much beauty, yet evil runs rampant?
I read today: “Evil may still be a four letter word, but so, thank God, is love.” (Evil and the Justice of God, N.T. Wright)
I am reminded of the holy words: “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:21) It does no one any good for me to despair, in other words be overcome by evil. It does many much good if I continue to do good and continue to hope. The choice is there, harder on some days than others.
© 2014 Julie Clark
Categories: Birds, Faith, God, Hope, Life, Love
Tags: crows, evil, good, guns, hope, injustice, jam, poor, profit, rich, robins
Choices lie before me
Which path will I choose?
Will I choose a path of faith, hope and love?
Will I take the time to listen?
Will I discern the gravity pulling me?
Will I feel the ancient forces of good and evil?
Will I choose the good?
Will I ask for wisdom in the choosing?
That is my hope
That is my prayer
I’m still learning
I’m still growing
© 2013 Julie Clark
Categories: Faith, God, Life, Love, Paths, Poetry, Prayer
Tags: choices, evil, faith, good, hope, love, path, prayer