Monthly Archives: January 2010

happy MLK day – I have a dream

the text of the speech:

I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.
Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.

But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. And so we’ve come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.
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music Monday

some music I’ve been listening to…

The Avett Brothers – I and Love and You

What Matters More by Derek Webb

Swell Season — Feeling the Pull

a poem

for my wife Michelle:


How hard it is for me, who live
in the excitement of women
and have the desire for them
in my mouth like salt. Yet
you have taken me and quieted me.
You have been such light to me
that other women have been
your shadows. You come near me
with the nearness of sleep.
And yet I am not quiet.
It is to be broken. It is to be
torn open. It is not to be
reached and come to rest in
ever. I turn against you,
I break from you, I turn to you.
We hurt, and are hurt,
and have each other for healing.
It is healing. It is never whole.

– by Wendell Berry

prayer(s) for the week

A prayer from our friend Maria, here at Kairos:

Our great and mighty God
You are far beyond our grasp, beyond all understanding
In the wake of the earthquake in Haiti
we, your children, cry out to you
in unison with the Church around the globe
We do not understand why you allow such destruction in our world
But we cry out for your mercy, Lord
Bring your mercy upon our brothers and sisters in Haiti
Comfort them in this time of grief
Provide for them in this time of need
Love them in this time of desperation
Hear their cries
Order the relief efforts from around the globe
Send doctors and healing
Bring supplies and provision
Raise hope and determination
Bring protection to all those involved
And as your Son taught us to pray,
May your kingdom come
and your will become
on earth as it is in heaven

Also, from Jesus Creed

Here is one of my favorite prayers from The Book of Common Prayer, and it was in our daily prayers this morning. It focuses on prayers of petition, and this weekend in our prayers for Haiti this prayer might be an encouragement:

Almighty God, who has promised to hear the petitions of those who ask in your Son’s Name:
We beseech you mercifully to incline your ear to us who have made our prayers and supplications to you;
and grant that those things which we have faithfully asked according to your will, we may effectually obtain,
to the relief of our necessity,
and to the setting forth of your glory.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

And from me – in my reading in Psalm 36 today:

Thank you Father for waking me to this day in which your light exposes the stingy cheapness of sin, and at the same time, reveals the wild, open beauties of your love in Jesus. Amen

Saturday links

from my meanderings from the blogosphere, internet & through the googlely web thingy…

If there were a god – would he let this happen ?

Haiti: Where is God?

Donovan shines in Everton debut

Much fear in many churches

A new “new years resolution” dieting towards someone’s education

Idealism and Reality in Joshua

this post – made me pick this book up again & re-read it…
Starting 2010 with “Too Busy Not To Pray”

since we use Netflix much – I found this very interesting…

some foreign policy news…
A Summer in Yemen
‘Since women cannot bear the hot sun, why would they want to get a job?’

a couple of quotes:
“One afternoon, a group of children stop playing to ask me whether I wish to enter Islam to go to heaven. “No? Then you cannot go to heaven.” Another day I wear pink instead of black. A boy spits on me.”
“Perhaps he passed the boy who travels a mile to obtain a fresh bottle of water for me when his shop runs out—sprinting the whole way—and sweetly responds to my thanks: “You are welcome, my sister.” Or the cook who gives me a chair hidden from the strong gaze of men chewing qat. Or the motorcyclists narrowly missing the small boys selling tiny bottles of perfume in cardboard boxes on the ground. In the poorest country in the Arab world, would Abdulmutallab have noticed the gentle smile of the cook as he hands me fresh bread at no cost?”

Women & Religion

Did Christianity cause the crash?

praying w/ the Psalms

Father, I pray for all who feel that they have been forgotten by you; who feel rejected and alone. Reveal yourself to them as the one who will bring good news to the oppressed and bind up the brokenhearted (Is 61). Even in Jesus Christ. Amen.

Relief organizations for Haiti

Self-righteous religion is always marked by insensitivity to issues of social injustice, while true faith is marked by profound concern for the poor and marginalized.” ~Tim Keller

If you are looking for an organization to give through (& you probably should be) — here are some options:

Food for the poor

Beyond Borders

Compassion International

World Relief

World vision

Mennonite Central Committee

Doctors without borders

The International Committee of the Red Cross