Awake, Awake, O Sleeper!

December 6, 2012 § 5 Comments

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If I could assign a theme to the last couple of months, this is what I would name. I have felt God pursuing me, pushing me, prodding me out of slumber. I have been to Sri Lanka, to Israel, to California, Detroit, Phoenix, New York City, Georgia and Nebraska. I have met and journeyed with incredible people. I have learned so much. I have experienced some of the most joyful and some of the most heartbreaking moments of my life. And I have seen God—beautifully, mysteriously, inexplicably—in all of it (or, well, almost all of it … some of it I’m still trying to figure out).

And if I could assign a theme to Advent, this is also what I would name.

For Advent is a time of vigilance, a time of recognizing how much all of life matters, a time (as Virginia Woolf might have put it) of recognizing that “behind the cotton wool is hidden a pattern.”

Advent is not a time to sleep unaware.
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A Christian, a Muslim and a Buddhist Walk Into a Hindu Temple …

September 2, 2012 § 7 Comments

Copyright World Vision, 2012. Photographed by Matthew Paul Turner.

He holds his son up, the proud father of 28 days. He wants us to see the boy before we leave, though the still-so-small baby seems only to want to go back to the nap he was clearly interrupted from. Like all the fathers in this village, his hope for his son is to get an education. But unlike so many of the fathers we’ve met, this father wants his son to have the life he’s had. Joffrey is the imam—the Muslim leader—of the village. Though only 26 and with so much of the boyish grin still left, he has big hopes for his people. Hopes that started when he was a young boy, attending the local child societies. It was there he first encountered children from other villages—and from other faiths. He tells us it was these child societies (a program of World Vision’s) where he first gained a heart for unity among the different faiths in the area: Buddhists, Hindus, Christians and Muslims coming together for the sake of the community and for the poorest of the poor.

“There were times we attended secretly as children, without our parent’s permission. We wanted this different life. Eventually, once the leaders saw what good work the child societies were doing, it wasn’t so difficult.” « Read the rest of this entry »

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