I have watched the video and have listened to the chaplain’s prayer. It is a theologically-solid prayer, much like I have prayed on many occasions. It was not partisan. It just lifted up the Representatives’ responsibility on behalf of the least of these among us. But, that was far too threatening for that august body.
Paul Ryan fired the chaplain for reflecting the light of Christ in the midst of darkness. Shining the light of Christ’s love in a den of thieves causes them to flee every time.
Standing up for the poor and hungry, especially to the wealthy and powerful elite, is a good way to shorten your career path. It’s also, however, how you stay on the highway to holiness.
Shame on Paul Ryan, and shame on all those in the U.S. House of Representatives who have not stood up against this action.
I do not know if we can can racism and hatred through music. I certainly wish it could. But I do know, however, that we can never hope to end violence through more violence.
Lighting up the darkness will not happen through violence and force. Only love can bring light out of darkness. Love has the power to forgive, and until there is forgiveness they will never be an end to the hatred that breeds violence.
I have had the privilege of visiting dozens of schools in developing cointries where Stop Hunger Now meals are being used in school feeding programs. The teachers, principals and headmasters have all told me the same thing.
The children come to school because they know they will get a hot meal. It will be the only food for the day for over 90 percent of the kids eating the meals.
Then the school leaders say,”Without the Stop Hunger Now meals the children will not come to school. If they do not come to school they will not get an education. If they are not educated there is no hope, there is no future for our nation.”
School Feeding Programs provide more than just food for hungry and malnourished kids. The meals provide hope. They provide a path out of darkness into the light.
This is the one true joy of life, the being used up for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community, and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. Life is no “brief candle” to me. It is sort of a splendid torch which I have got hold of for a moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations. – George Bernard Shaw
This has to be one of my all-time favorite Shaw quotes. Every time I read it I get that tingling recognition that he nailed it.
Here is a man who understands. Here is someone that has found the secret.
The true joy for which we all seek will never be found wrapped up in our own selfish hunt for pleasure.True joy comes from being totally used up for the good of the community.
I couldn’t agree more strongly with Shaw. We have the privilege of giving ourselves totally for those most in need. Every one of us can be a “splendid torch” for those around us and those that follow us. Life is a gift to be given away so that there is nothing left when our time here is finally done.