24 marzo 2006

"Walter does not ignore people."

thought one:
"democracy is only superior to a dictorship when the People have a higher moral standard than a dictator would."


thought two:
there was a story about a puerto rican girl on the news the other day that absolutely infuriated me. i cried and yelled and made a big fuss; i was not happy.

i was not happy because in a parallel universe, it could have been my story.
but it wasn't because there are no parallel universes and God chose to have mercy on me in this one.

but man...

she was 14 years old on Sept. 11, 2001.

she had a Muslim friend, whom she said always walked around "as if she had a really good secret the whole world didn't know about."

the friend invited her to her mosque [or something... i was distracted] and the puerto rican, roman catholic girl liked it and started coming. [?]

she converted at age 16.

her family wasn't so thrilled, but she said she has found a lot of peace. [or something to that effect; i wasn't paying much attention till this part:]

when asked if she's happy now, she says yes and no...
yes, she's happy in her new faith, but now, she'll be on the bus and hear girls talking about makeup and boys and she has pain because they don't THINK about anything... and she was the same way when she was that age.

she is unhappy because she goes outside and sees half-naked women on billboards advertising everything from clothes to cars to toasters.

she is happy because of her faith and her faith community, but she is sad because of the sin in the world.

huh. [insert screaming and object-kicking.]
i just don't know. send the entire teenage population of the united states to spend a month with a Spirit- filled evangelical family in the 3rd world?

i love the Church, but these United States...

thought three:
But as for me,
I will come
into Your house
in the
of Your mercy;

In fear
of You
I will
toward Your holy

Psalms 5:7 que sea


Blogger axegrinder said...

In response to thought one:

"Rats and roaches live by competition under the laws of supply and demand; it is the privilege of human beings to live under the laws of justice and mercy." - Wendell Berry

Online Works of Wendell Berry

I really enjoyed his poem, "Mad Farmers' Liberation Front." It was the inspiration for "Unplugged."

In response to thought two:

Thank God you have such a thoughtful brother and sober sister-in-law.

viernes, 24 marzo, 2006  

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