Can a people be free without enslaving and exploiting others? I believe they can. I believe there is a path. Many wise teachers have gone before us and exhorted us. Let us listen to their voices, their pleas. How do we live the words, “Treat others the way that you would like to be treated.”? It is not impossible. It is something we can do step by step, person by person, until whole communities and perhaps nations can live with this ethos.
I remember when I was still quite young, 20, a teacher who was an expert on revival came to teach a class I was taking. I asked, “How do we get a revival started?” His answer: “First draw a circle around your two feet and pray that God would revive everything within this circle.” Wow, I was not expecting that answer! So simple, so profound. Start with me.
As I celebrate the 4th of July, I want to consider how I can promote freedom and justice for all people, starting with those around me who I can treat well, neighborly, kindly and with compassion. May we all join our circles together and bring the changes needed within and without our borders for this kind of freedom without exploiting others.
Categories: borderlands, Faith, Life, Paths, Peace and Reconciliation, Prayer
Tags: communities, free, freedom, Independence Day, July 4th, justice, nations, neighborly, revival, wise teachers
Come into the present
Come into this holy place
This is where I meet with you
This is where heaven meets earth
Today is the day
Step into life
Let’s get it started
Take your first breath
Step into life today
Step into freedom
Open your eyes and say
Think I’ll step into life today
This is a gift for you
The day the Lord has made
Soon you’ll be dancing
Cooing and singing
No turning back
Stepping into life today
This afternoon in the 102 degree F heat we were all sprawled out all over the apartment, worn out. It is amazing how one tiny 8 pounder can wear out so many adults. Didn’t Hilary Clinton write a book about how it takes a whole village to raise a child? We are getting that idea.
This bright evening star, Sohel, has captured our hearts with his sweetness. We spend hours anticipating his cute little expressions and moves. Those pursed lips and startled hand movements. There is nothing in the world like a newborn baby. He started out very sleepy, basically, “Can you just leave me alone it was hard work being born?” Now that his Mama’s milk is in he is realizing there are some good things about being awake.
We are grateful that the doctor caught right away his distress in the womb and was able to safely deliver him via C-section. Now his Mama is recovering well and we are happily here for a little while longer to help in these early days of his life.