This has come across in my email and on Facebook from my spouse and her friends. I think you will love it, especially if you are a churchy type.
I am training to be a school bus driver. I would not have thought this was a very challenging or exciting course. Moreover, I didn’t think I would be proud to end up with a commercial driver’s license and actually drive a school bus. Then the instructor and the videos began to talk about the responsibity for the children and I remember the first few times I saw my elementary school kids off at the bus stop. I apologize to all the bus drivers that I didn’t totally appreciate. This will be a good choice for me.
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The next time you have slightest desire to justify modern warfare or to glorify the US in Iraq or Afghanistan, watch the scene from The Hurt Locker where the EOD team comes upon a British contractor group whose vehicle has a flat tire. While there, out in the desert with nothing but goats wandering around, suddenly an Iraqi sniper from a couple of hundred yards away in an isolated and abandoned building kills one of the British team. This results in a sniper stand off with the contractor team leader and all the Iraqis being killed. In THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE for NO REASON!
Penitential questions of Advent could include: Is my problem with faith really about God, or a broken heart? In whom, or in what, have I placed my trust? When I’m disillusioned, why did I need the illusion? What am I doing that makes me unhappy and why am I doing it? How does God’s love make me accountable?
via Burning Love.
One of my daily readings had this quote
When what we want and think we need is answers, maybe it’s not? Maybe we don’t need more answers but more wonder. “Concepts create idols,” claimed the 4th century desert monk, Gregory of Nyssa, “only wonder comprehends anything.”
It reminded me that preconceptions can be very, very limiting. The devotional was referring to a person and observed how often we make snap judgments or pushed for information. What if we just waited, let a little time go by? We could have been right about our first impressions but then again we might be pleasantly surprised. If not, at least we opened up the possibility.