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Friday, January 14, 2011

Positive Glimpses of Humanity

With negative headlines like "Westboro Church to Picket Funeral of Nine-Year-Old Tuscon Victim"...let's take a look

....at the recent positive displays of humanity which can give us all hope.....

"From the well-known to the unknown, Muslims had offered their bodies as “human shields” for last night’s mass, making a pledge to collectively fight the threat of Islamic militants and towards an Egypt free from sectarian strife."   http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/3365.aspx
This is a beautiful gesture of love!...Love should transcend religious and political boundaries...and in th...is instance it does!
Brisbane floods taken by Nottingham expat Robert Lamb
"About 70 asylum seekers at an immigration detention centre in Darwin have offered to donate funds to Queensland's flood victims.
 The Immigration Department says the detainees will donate from the little funds they brought with them by boat."     

People with hardly any earthly belongings, give freely all they have to others who have lost everything. A beautiful display of humanity.

There are groups all over the country, and the world...making their communities a better place. This is a garden designed and landscaped in the inner city of Philidelphia by Shane Claiborne's group, The Simple Way. Everyday, Claiborne and his intentional community help make the dim and graffiti filled streets of one of America's most violent urban jungles a little brighter, a little more filled with hope.

They give reasons for the youth in their community to lift their hands in praise...and in hope....

Let's not get bogged down and "taken" by the negative news of the media. There's so much good being done in this world. Random acts of kindness, giving us all hope that humanity and good can prevail.

Is the world violent? Yep. Is it dark? Yep. But we can help it be that much more brighter when we shine the love and light of Christ boldly into our neighborhoods, communities, and into the world.

Heavenly Father,

We thank You for this day. Help us find ways we can serve You by serving your children. Help us transcend differences- religious, racial, political, socio-economic...whatever they might be, and find the unity among those around us to make a difference, for Your great Glory. 

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, it is now, and forever will be.



  1. Wonderful to hear how communities get together to help each other. I have a couple of South African friends living in Queensland and they are all helping each other with food and supplies. It warmed my heart when I heard about this.

    Thank you for sharing!

  2. I loved the piece on this evening's new NBC that showed a woman in Tuscon who had started making ceramic bells and leaving them around town as a tribute to her young son who died. The bells are Ben's Bells. More than 1,400 were placed around Tuscon this week as tribute to those who were killed on Saturday.

    I like good news!

  3. Tink,

    Thanks for the comment :) I'm so glad all your friends are helping eachother in Queensland...that's what it's all about...people helping people.

    Sometimes I think nowadays we have lost the idea of "community"... sometimes it takes times of emergency or tragedy to remind people and draw them together. I think that's unfortunate that it takes that...but it's also reassuring that when times are tough, people start to join together...that is a heart warming event for sure! :)


  4. Gina...what a beautiful tribute...I hadn't heard of that...thanks for sharing :) I like good news too! We all hear enough of the bad...it's good to have a balance to help keep us optimistic and pressing onward. There is fruit to be born through efforts of making this world a lighter, happier, more Christ-filled place. And when that fruit is born we need to recognize and praise it!