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”

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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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