Posts Tagged ‘peace’

“International Reach Out to Someone of Another Faith Day”

August 8, 2010

I read on Saturday an interview on CNN with a pastor who is calling for a “International Burn a Koran Day.” I long for the day when humanity realizes we are all in this together. I long for the day when peace, respect, grace, understanding, and love are our guiding values rather than hate and intolerance. I am appalled to read of Christians gunned down by radical extremists. I am appalled to read of Christians who would burn the sacred texts of our Muslim brothers and sisters. So, in memory of all that have suffered as a result of all who have suffered from words of hate and bigotry, all who have lost loved ones as the result of extremists such as Al Qaeda, the KKK, Christian Identity Movements, or any other group that believes they have to right to hate and promote violence. On September 11, 2010, I am calling for a “International Reach Out to Someone of Another Faith Day,” encouraging us all to actually get to know those who believe different than we do rather than believing the rhetoric and misinformation of those who would lead us astray and away from love and brotherhood.

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A Peaceable Kindom?

November 9, 2009

   Simeon and Hobbes I think are best of buddies. Simeon being my dog of course, some sixty-five pounds of Labrador and Shar Pei, and Hobbes is our Bengal cat, all of maybe six or seven pounds. We have another cat Frodo, he is a Munchkin cat some smaller than Hobbes, he and Simeon are perhaps less than best of buds, Frodo just kind of tolerates Simeon for the most part but will warm up to him if he is asleep.
   Simeon and Hobbes wrestle and play together. It is not uncommon to find Simeon with Hobbes’ head in his mouth with a less than innocent look on his face. He obviously would never hurt Hobbes; if he would Hobbes would have been lunch a long time ago. Of course it is not just Simeon; it is also not uncommon to see Hobbes hanging off of Simeon’s jowls by his front claws, all the while Simeon seemingly impervious to any pain that might have been incurred.
   Hobbes is known to give Simeon a “cat scan” as we call it, sniffing Simeon from head to two, we are sure if he is making sure his dog friend is okay or sizing him up for an afternoon snack. And we see them sitting diligently in the front window keeping watch over the yard with Hobbes snuggling up under Simeon’s chin.
   They are an entertaining odd couple of friends to say the least. And of course there is surely a lesson in this complicated relationship. If a sixty-five pound dog and a six pound cat can find a way to live in peace, albeit sometimes a rambunctious peace, within the four walls of our home … I wonder if there isn’t hope for the rest of us. I continue to pray for such a peace and live in the hope of Peace on Earth, Goodwill to All.