Monday, December 5, 2016

Meme-ic Monday: Water Protectors and the DAPL.

I came across this meme, which is the wording of two tweets by a Sioux Tribal Leader. 

I am in sympathy with the Sioux and oppose the positioning of the pipeline where it threatens their water supply. My son wants to go the camp and protest with the Water Protectors. 

I rejoice that the latest court ruling halts the pipeline's construction and signals a new level of respect for indigenous communities. 

I also recognize this fight isn't over. New threats may pop up, especially since the DAPL is mostly finished.

However, I also have done some reading. The pipeline was rerouted away from Bismarck because the Army Corps of Engineers for several reasons, one of which was potential danger to Bismark's drinking water before those residents needed to protest -- or even heard about it in most cases. 

So this meme has it's heart in the right place, but is a bit off as to facts. 

Regardless, the camp was made by the government into a more or less militarized zone. Officials acted horribly, spraying water on the protestors, etc.

So hopefully all this will be sorted out, people will keep standing with Standing Rock and a safer way to transport fuel will be found. 

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Song for Sunday: I Wish You Peace

This second Sunday in Advent, according to my church’s liturgy for the advent wreath, is the Sunday of Peace.

In our world right now, peace is hard to find. There is war. There are people slinging names at each other across political divides, there are people doing violence to others because they are different. 

Part of the Christmas message, though, is peace. A peace granted by God to all of us because His favor rests on us. Simple as that. 

An ultimate peace will be found when Christ returns and His Kingdom is fully realized. May it be soon. 

In the meantime, let us wish each other peace. Not just in words, but in action. Not just to fellow Christians but to everyone. 

That’s why I Wish You Peace by  the Eagles  is today’s Song for Sunday,  Here;s a link for you to enjoy. 

May God’s peace be upon you!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Song for Sunday: For the Fruit of All Creation

Happy New Year!

Today, the first Sunday of Advent, is the first day of the Christian liturgical year. Baptists like me tend not to pay overmuch attention to such things, but I usually give  a nod to this new start.

And what better time than the beginning of a new year to begin again with my blog? I've neglected it for a while.

So, Song for Sunday.

At our Family Thanksgiving Service, we sang this hymn. The piece that stuck with me was the second half of the second verse:

"In our worldwide task of caring
for the hungry and despairing,
in the harvests we are sharing,
God's will is done."
                   ~Fred Pratt Green

It makes me think, how am I caring for the hungry and despairing? How am I sharing my harvest? How am I offering my body as a living sacrifice?

I volunteer, participate in service projects, and go on the occasional short term mission trip, but my life is comfortable. Am I supposed to do more?

I need to pray....

In the meantime, may the words of this hymn challenge you as well.

What has challenged you recently?