I leave for Kenya Africa on Sunday. Since I arrived home from work today around lunch time, the emotions have been raw and on the surface. The unnecessary suffering in the world has always had that effect on me and in a few days I will enter a space where dear people live with more than any human should have to face.
And then I listened to today's God Journey Podcast and ever since have been a mess. Even as I sat with a dear loving friend who is also my tax accountant, the emotions were threatening to spill over. After getting the business of my taxes out of the way we got to talking about my upcoming trip and the pain riddled human experience. Then I returned home and watched this trailer from a soon to be released documentary. Brad mentioned it in the podcast and it set in motion a wonderful conversation about life and love and the mess we find ourselves in and how getting in touch with people...in their suffering has a way of changing us and them. This is life...this is the human experience. Our framing story will determine how we go on living in this world.
Are you participating in breaking the cycle of violence and hate in this world? Or are you a party to the madness? There is no such thing as redemptive violence. Only love can turn this around.