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Sunday, October 7th, 2007
12:23 am
The importance of community... time for a lil pontification ;~)
Recently I have been particularly struck by the importance of community and fellowship in our lives. People are designed to thrive in a group setting; it's not that we can't function (and function successfully) independently, but it's the difference (to quote a a good song) "between living and living well." Whatever kind of community you are a part of, you are stronger for having that community. Instead of depending on one person's strength, you have the strength of your companions. Every load is lighter when lain on more shoulders.

I have recently found myself leaning more heavily on my communities than I have in years, and they have been in many ways a life saver for me this past month. I am grateful to be part of a community of equestrians, a community of musicians, a community of Christians, and various other communities of friends. It's been less the sympathy of my friends, and more the empathy of my friends, that has helped me to deal with the many tragedies I have recently faced; the kind of empathy you can only get from a community of similarly minded individuals sharing a common bond and a common goal.

Tonight I was most recently struck by my community of faith. Although it is not a uniquely Christian trait, it is such a typically Christian characteristic to express love for a stranger; it's a kind of love that is rarely seen outside of a Christian community. I understand now more than ever why God calls us to fellowship in a church environment... Yes, you can be singular in your faith and live and worship as an individual, but what you miss is the strength of a group of individuals who will love you and support you both in your time of joy and in your time of need. These are people who will pray with you and, more importantly, on your behalf. It is one thing to go to God yourself in prayer, it is another thing entirely when people are willing to pray over you and lift up your needs, asking for God's blessing without any kind of selfish intent. There is a safety and security that comes from being a part of a group of people who are willing to both hold you accountable in your walk and yet also be a support for you. That willingness to sacrifice for a stranger... It is rare indeed to find that outside of a community of faith.

Of course, just as there are broken people in this world, so are there broken communities; communities who have also been consumed by greed or pride or anger. It breaks my heart to see people who have been broken by a community they believed to be a safe place for them; to see people who have been so let down by those in whom they have placed their trust. These circumstances lead to such distrust and judgment, and it is easy to understand why so many people would like to point fingers and cry 'hypocrisy.' It is a shame how the few can ruin a reputation for the many. It seems only negative press attracts any kind of attention. For all the good that the church does, the only notice it gets is when it makes a very human mistake. As Christians, we don't claim to be perfect - we simply claim to be very broken people who are striving to better ourselves by modeling Christ's example. "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God," (Romans 3:23); "What then? Are we better than they? Not at all...." (Romans 3:9). As a community, we can help one another to achieve these goals that are greater than ourselves.

Tonight I will simply be grateful for the strangers who have shown love for me, and recognize my responsibility for the people who may yet need me.

Current Mood: exhausted
Monday, April 16th, 2007
12:32 am
Thanks Ashley... a bit belated
Desiderata - Max Ehrmann

Go placidly among the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak you truth gently and clearly, and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
Thursday, November 16th, 2006
1:10 pm
Horse Jumping: My Favorite Pastime

Whomever made this video understands better than anyone what riding is about
Tuesday, September 26th, 2006
8:33 pm
Onyx has a 'little' brother!


Hi!! My name is Pippin!! Luff me!!
Tuesday, December 27th, 2005
12:12 am
Under African Skies
Joseph's face was black as night
The pale yellow moon shone in his eyes
His path was marked
By the stars of the Southern Hemisphere
And he walked his days
Under African skies

This is the story of how we begin to remember
This is the powerful pulsing of love in the vein
After the dream of falling and calling your name out
These are the roots of rhythm
And the roots of rhythm remain

In early memory
Mission music
Was ringing 'round my nursery door
I said take this child, Lord
From Tucson, Arizona
Give her the wings to fly through harmony
And she won't bother you no more

This is the story of how we begin to remember
This is the powerful pulsing of love in the vein
After the dream of falling and calling your name out
These are the roots of rhythm
And the roots of rhythm remain

Joseph's face was black as the night
And the pale yellow moon shone in his eyes
His path was marked
By the stars in the Southern Hemisphere
And he walked the length of his days
Under African Skies
~Paul Simon
Monday, October 31st, 2005
11:51 pm
Just So You Know
The chances of me ever actually posting anything are pretty slim. I just want to read all of my stupid friends' journals that went 'friends only' on me... whores... because I'm nosy like that :~P
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