Why I’m Giving Up on Peace

Earth-Torn by kmls(Reprinted from July 21, 2014 and edited for current events).

Things don’t look so good right now.

Today’s paper (which is not much diiferent than yesterday’s paper) lists the grisly news. A car bombing in Egypt. Another kid shot and killed in SE DC. Loan defaults. Terrorist strikes. Retaliations. We are a world at war with itself, with around 50 conflicts globally as of this writing. The majority of deaths are civilian, “collateral damage” as it were, a dehumanizing term if ever there was one.

Here, our borders teem with desperate children. The gap between rich and poor widens. Solutions are short-sighted and generally involve some band-aid fix, like a new gadget, another casino, or more guns on the street. Congress is a bastion of impotence and hubris. We scrabble over issues that mean nothing like dogs after crumbs while the country and the world burns around us.

While we laud our technological advances, it seems the one thing we are most adept at is killing each other.

So one night, my wife and I, as we are wont to do each evening, talked about our days and the state of this spinning sphere like some morbid carousel we find ourselves stuck on. We both have been at this so-called peace work for most of our lives. At times we wonder why. We went to bed rather depressed.

I awoke to a text message from her. She was sharing a scripture she read that morning.

“So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Therefore whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone – especially to those in the family of faith.” (Galatians 6:9-10). As she said in her text, pretty apropos.

Some things jumped out at me right away. We do good simply because it is the right thing to do. We do not limit who we do good to – “everyone” is pretty clear. Those closest to us, within the same family of faith, who sometimes are the hardest to do good to, are not to be left out either. Tenacity and obedience can overcome despair. We don’t give up. There is an end, a flowering of planted seed, a reaping of glorious fruit.

Our fight is not against flesh and blood. Nor should our faith and ultimate allegiance be in and to such. Despair arises when we are inundated with bad news and when our trust in human leadership and institutions has been broken yet again.

Rather we wage a war against the principalities and powers, the spiritual forces of evil in high places. Such a battle requires divine help and divine eyes to see the opportunities to do good as well as the Good News (gospel) occurring around us everyday.

So I’ve given up on peace.

But I have not given up on the good – doing it and being a part of it.

The rest I leave in the hands of the One who continues to hold this broken world in loving, gentle hands.

a tap tapping on my window

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a tap tapping on my window
who can it be?
tis a sparrow wanting to say
hello to me

then i see the fly on the window
crawling upon the pane
trapped inside but seeking an escape from this domain

the tap tapping on the window
alas it was not for me
twas for the fly but the sparrow must remain hungry

Haiku of the Guardian

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i fill the feeder ~
joyful sparrows come to eat ~
i guard against cats

Invitation (Monday Monday Song #25)

KMLS Plays Guitar

Live recording from June 28, 2015. Special thanks to Jason Edwards on the Leslie organ. I realzed that this song is over 25 years old! It still speaks to me. Hope it will speak to you as well.

Lyrics:
This is a song to welcome all of you
Who are far from your home
He stands before you now with open arms
Living proof we’re not alone

Chorus

And I know sometimes the road gets rough
And we can’t find our way
Though it seems like I’m wandering aimlessly
I’m gonna wander anyway

Bridge

This is a song to welcome all of you
Who are not where you want to be
He stands before you now with open arms
With the promise that you’ll soon be free

Chorus

And I know sometimes the road gets rough
And we can’t find our way
Though it seems like you’re wandering aimlessly
Go on and wander anyway

Bridge

This is a song to welcome all of you
Who are locked up inside
He stands before you now with open arms
In his hands the tears you can’t cry

Chorus

And I know sometimes the road gets rough
And we can’t find our way
Though it seems like I’m wandering aimlessly
I’m gonna wander anyway

Bridge

December 12, 1989

Copyright Keith M. Lyndaker All Rights Reserved

Pray Non-Stop

wpid-prayer-by-kmls.jpg.jpegThis “pray without ceasing” thing is HARD.

But I realize it is a discipline I need to cultivate.

I am a problem-solver. That is a good thing I guess. But unfortunately too often I spend a lot of my mental energy chewing on a particular challenge rather than asking for help from the One who is “bigger than all of my problems.” Too often I trust in my knowledge rather than in the All-Knowing.

During any given day, I find myself talking aloud to a particular person who I feel I need to talk to. It being a monologue I of course provide their answers as well. Whatever possible answer I can think of. Too which I respond. As you can guess, the conversations can be quite long. And draining. Often I am angry, nervous or afraid when I engage in these pseudo-dialogues. Invariably when I get to the real conversation, it doesn’t go at all like any of the ones I had in my head.

I heard once and have repeated multiple times as a joke that I talk to myself because it is the only way I can have an intelligent conversation. Ha. Ha. It is actually not very funny and somewhat pompous. And definitely NOT intelligent.

So instead of carrying on these unending virtual conversations, I resolve instead to “have a little talk with God.” Well, actually not a little one. Most will and should be rather lengthy. I want to develop a new habit where when I slip into that old conversation, I simply start praying.

God knows what I need. God knows me. God knows the person in question. God knows every talk I will ever have.

It is high time I invited God into the conversation.

musings of a creative soul

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