Wednesday, 10 October 2007

Misery loves company

Couldn't help add another shot to my eye-gallery. Anyone need some red to use as a stop-light somewhere?

We live in an age of instant communication. And yet so much of what really goes on we don't want to see. I think that our monstorously large film-based entertainment industry (a.k.a. Bollywood) is based on the premise that we do not want to see the grime and grimness around us. Our 'official' entries to the Oscars end up being laughable pastiches - no where near the vibrancy that small countries like Bosnia are able to produce ...

So here I am putting a pic of my blood-shot eyes on the web - when earlier this week a boy was framed by the shattered wreck of a car in Iraq - when men and women saw dreams evaporate on hearing that they are HIV positive - when so many continue to grind away their lives in utter and total grinding poverty - poverty of resources - poverty of choice - poverty of relationships - poverty of spirit.

We are reading through the Gospel of Mark as a church - the key verse being: "Even so, the Son of man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." (Mark 10:45).

How radical a picture of Jesus we see. A man who made a difference. A man who led people to be astonished. The very presence of God - among them - in the flesh - and yet so many would not believe.

As a group, we at Jeevan Sahara Kendra have been examining what God's intentions for the future are - especially in the context of the broken, sin-stained world we live in. What a glorious - and real future we look forward to. Not some pie-in-the-sky utopia - but the real, total, complete promise of healing and wholeness.

Sore eyes? No way! He will wipe the tear from every eye. Not only ones who have a bit of conjunctivitis (like yours trully - this day in AD 2007) - but those who mourn and grieve, those who are broken and wounded.

Come Lord, and come quickly!

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