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where is God? (and are we there too?)

2 October 07

God is in the slums, in the cardboard boxes where the poor play house.

God is in the silence of a mother who has infected her child

with a virus that will end both their lives.

God is in the cries heard under the rubble of war.
God is in the debris of wasted opportunity and lives,

and God is with us if we are with them.

-BONO, lead singer for the musical band U2

-stolen from this cool person i just discovered.

don’t you just love rock stars?  don’t you love it when they make you realize we’ve been avoiding where He is?

this morning when i told stories of recent travails in my ‘hood, someone recommended that i move out of there and to a safer neighborhood.  i’m sorry, that’s just not an option, i thought.  and if it had been in a more appropriate location i would have said so.  but my soapbox, as i’m learning through scuffs and bruises, does not fit everywhere.

but here, i think the soapbox fits quite nicely, thank you very much.  so i’m going to steal someone else’s quote of Bono, to remind us that We Are Supposed to Be Where God Is:  and He is In The ‘Hood.  y’all.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. 4 October 07 11:53 pm

    WHERE couldn’t you say something? I hope you don’t mean in our lovely building. you could have at least said something pious-sounding like, “well, God has called me to live in that neighborhood” and then who could say something?!

    but I’m not really good at the “not saying things I’m not supposed to say in places I’m not supposed to say them” thing, so you might not want to take advice from me . . .


  2. bechirih permalink
    5 October 07 12:09 am

    yes, dear, it was in our lovely building. i’m tired of the pious retorts, because i don’t want to shut people up i want them to understand-or at least understand that i’m not crazy. many comments i’ve made in conversations have gotten the “communist” response, or worse, and really i’m just tired. so sometimes i just give up and don’t say anything in response. i know that this is not helpful in the end but it wears me out to feel like the one reminding us of what live justice love mercy should look like, and that perhaps it should look that way in our personal and office lives, too, not just what we support in other countries. ya know?

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