How Miracles Arrive.
“Hope is believing in spite of evidence, then watching the evidence change.” ~ Jim Wallis
I didn’t realize I’d been holding my breath until I saw the breaking news of 12 boys and their soccer coach saved from a cave in Thailand.
I hadn’t followed the story closely. My heart couldn’t take it. No more innocents dying!
Over the last several years, our hearts and minds have taken in and pushed back on school shootings, a political arena that resembles the WWF, grown-ups fist fighting and flinging flagrant disrespect, suicide rates soaring, police involved shootings (both as victims and perpetrators), hurricanes in Houston and lead-contaminated water in Flint, white supremacy rising, everyday people getting dragged off airplanes, children being kept in cages, a friend’s mom dying of painful cancer… My heart screams no more!
I want to turn off the news, but as citizens today, we can’t afford to be complacent.
A society gone astray stirs up chaos in our individual and collective hearts.
In this environment, it’s increasingly easy to be frenzied or even flip out on someone, for something as minor as having a meeting at Starbucks. What?!
At first, each incident seems isolated, but it’s all a mirror of the society we’ve created, or the one hatched while we watched The Bachelor.
Shootings in schools, theatres, and nightclubs reveal more than one crazy individual.
Like the one running our country with lies, corruption, and the master manipulation of a reality show king. To those who continue to point to the clothes they insist the emperor’s wearing, there’s nothing to say.
We’ve lost the art of discourse and taken on anger, violence, and disrespect as if our Constitution reads not, “We the people,” but, “You people!”
Here’s how it actually starts:
We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure Tranquility, provide for the common deference, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
Amazing! Yet, no matter where we stand, disappointing news arrows into our hearts, filling the American diet in a way we haven’t seen in decades.
So, today I happily focus on this miracle of people from around the world coming together for the sake of these children.
Today, I focus on the miracle of people from around the world coming together for the sake of the children.
Can we focus on the miracle of coming together for the sake of the children?
2 thoughts on “How Miracles Arrive.”
Thank you Alice! If only we could cooperate more, as Americans and as people around the world! It can be done, and if it doesn’t altogether prevent disasters, at least makes us humane in the service of each other. As for the political climate in America now, my feeling is that until the top people in our system can sincerely apologise for and make official amends for having stolen this country from the Native Americans through violence and their destruction, and apologise for and make official amends for its part in the slave trade and treatment of slaves over here in this land, I can’t see a way forward. The house has to come down, for a nation as well as for an individual, for some real humility to even be glimpsed as the saving grace we all long for, and really have at heart. Yes for those boys and the people who saved them, in Thailand! 🙂
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Shelagh, wow. If only! I love your ideas and idealism about apology and reparations in theory. First, I can’t see it happening here until women run this ship. However, it also seems they’ve done this in Germany–apologizing and educating about the Holocaust. And yet, they’re facing this backlash of the white man. Maybe as the power shifts, those who it no longer belongs to cling the tightest. And, in the midst of all this turmoil, let’s not miss the miracles.