Information highway and new drivers

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Bad things have always been going on in the world for a LONG time. Children have been hurting, people are hungry, thousands die from war or disease. But we didn’t know about it in such detail. We couldn’t know about it for days or months either.

What I see is a world accustomed to immediacy trying to handle what it means to really know about other people and other ways of life with the click of a button. It used to take time to learn these things and many people chose not to give their time. 

Now there exists an illusion that because information is available and quick that learning is the same. It’s not. It still takes years to really know and understand another culture. You still have to travel to truly experience the Taj Mahal or the Eiffel Tower. You still have to listen for hours to know the man inside the drunk at the bar.  Let’s face it, no one is an expert at information in this information age because no one has more than a few years really using it!

All these new funds and endeavours, Facebook groups, advocacy websites, etc. They are all experiments run by excited people who have no more real idea of the consequences than the next group. You’re not an expert. I’m not an expert. We’re just learning something new together along with more of the world than we’ve ever seen before.

Let’s our best to learn and experiment with as little damage as possible. Our children will be the amateurs, their children will be the experts. Let’s build them a legacy, not just pass on chaos and strings of broken relationships and prejudice.

Advent, a week on Love

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Blanket statements such as “you’re all terrorists!” Or “you’re all homophobic!” show more fear and ignorance than they do wisdom or reason. 

But my question is to those who hear those statements being directed at them. Have you stopped short in your reaction and taken time to consider what is in the heart of the Person who makes those claims? Perhaps they have been abused and treated unjustly. Perhaps the injustice of their past is the truer cause and it’s not about you at all…would you maybe take time to respond differently, or perhaps just give yourself to listening?

-Advent, a week on Love

(Photo of my beautiful daughter at the docks).

Advent – A week of Hope

I have time to write again! And no better time than my favorite time of the year.

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Beginning Advent with HOPE.  Wow it’s been an adventurous few months! We moved across the country, made friends in a new place. God brought us to a blessed little church and a school that has been the source of healing and rest. We have a home, which takes some fighting for but we are surrounded by people who give their time, and many other things, so willingly that there’s almost no stress in it.  When Gloria fell I could leave Samuel with the librarian to read (heaven for my boy) and another woman drove me and Gloria the 100 feet to the clinic so I didn’t have to walk in the rain :-).   Nathan works at home or no less than ten minutes away from us most of the time so we are able to continue giving the children and ourselves so much precious time and love. 

As my father in law said God carved us out a place and brought us to it!  We’ve hoped for such a place rest and grow for a long time it seems and there is so much more waiting to be discovered. Like one large present still being unwrapped, and the more we embrace it and look for what He has next the more peace and joy is in the finding. Our celebration of hope this week is that of hopes fulfilled, hope delayed and deferred no more, heart-sickness beginning to heal.

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Photos taken at CaneCreek Park in North Carolina.