no way out (link)

We are wasting $700 million a day to pay for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, while our teachers, fire fighters and police lose their jobs, while we slash basic assistance programs for the poor, children and the elderly, while we turn our backs on the some 3 million people being pushed from their homes by foreclosures and bank repossessions and while we do nothing to help the one in six American workers who cannot find work. These wars have taken hundreds of thousands of lives.They have pushed millions into refugee or displacement camps. They have left young men and women severely crippled and maimed. They have turned our nation into an isolated pariah, fueling the very terrorism we seek to defeat. And they cannot be won. The sooner we leave Iraq and Afghanistan the sooner we will save others and finally save ourselves.

a thought provoking article on war: “No Way Out”

a restless faith

Jesus, keep us from the tragedy of blaspheming your name because we have succumbed to a watered-down faith.  Make our spirits restless whenever we think that the way things are is the way things have to be.  Amen.
— Common Prayer

Things on this earth are NOT as they way they should be, that no Christian doubts.  At the same time, though, things on this earth are NOT as they have to be, either.  You can make a difference in the life of someone today.  It doesn’t have to be what the world would call a ‘big’ difference, but in the eyes of that person and of Jesus, it makes all the difference in the world.

Be restless.

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the road not taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I marked the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

– Robert Frost

what is the road not taken?

The road not taken is:

  • the path of simplicity instead of the path of busyness
  • the path of serving others instead of serving only ourselves
  • the path of changing the world instead of continuing the status quo
  • the path of joy instead of the path of drudgery
  • the path of hope instead of the path of hopelessness
  • the path of truly living instead of the path of mere existence
  • the path of fighting for justice instead of the path of ignoring others’ plight
  • the path of the extraordinary instead of the path of the banal

what is the catch?

Is there a catch?  Of course there is, otherwise everybody would be on this road and it wouldn’t be the road not taken!  Here’s the thing:  you can’t get onto the road not taken unless you first leave the well-worn, familiar path you’re on.  Is it scary?  Yes.  Is it worth it?  Absolutely.

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