Monday, March 28, 2011

Some broken thoughts on News and Lent thoughts

Malice can find root in any heart and it loves to grow, it conquers and it is violent. Violence does seems to be everywhere, wars and rumors of wars are constant reminder of this. Watching the news it is easy to feel completely hopeless and defeated as numbers of people are killed and mentioned with no regard for each of the persons significance, no they are just another number in the news. Nothing more just a number... and if they are not from our country, coalition, or cause, they are even less.

And of course there are reasons for this violence, there seems to be always reasons ... but its not just out there it is also here, just last night watching the news I heard about a girl walking home, three boys pulled up in a car forced her in the car and raped her.

What causes the heart to be so violent. To decide in your heart and further more to have friends who decide together to act out in such a horrific way?

We are so broken... Perhaps this is why I know I need God. These are my thoughts today as I reflect on lent and the news, I don’t want to heavy-handedly explain why you need God too... I just know there was a time when I didn’t think of malice, and hope there will be a time when I/we won't do any either.

Today I am reminded of this quote by Douglas Coupland in his short book Life After God: "My secret is that I need God--that I am sick and can no longer make it alone. I need God to help me give, because I no longer seem to be capable of giving; to help me be kind, as I no longer seem capable of kindness; to help me love, as I seem beyond being able to love."

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