...self care is never a selfish act- it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer to others. Anytime we can listen to true self and give it the care it requires, we do so not only for ourselves but for the many others whose lives we touch.

Parker J. Palmer, Let Your Life Speak

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Email and Prayer Ettiquette

A visit with a friend reminded me of the garbage we forward to address lists without thought or regard. Is this practice generally welcome or just plain stupid? We've all received and forwarded bad messages, some with an extreme political view and otherwise. We wouldn't share some of this stuff if we really stopped and thought about it, and if sending it wasn't a click away. Forward unto others as you would have them forward unto you. That would cause less harm, especially in these political days.

Similarly, when it comes to natural disasters such as Hurricanes, how can we pray for God to send it anywhere accept to a place that will cause the less harm? edensong.blogspot.com Shouldn't we also pray for humanity to get our act together, as our contribution to global warming raises the strength and frequency of extreme weather? Shouldn't we also pray for the rescuers and the responders, wherever the destruction appears?

When it comes to terrorism, how can we pray for just our security and not also the safety and peace and well being of the whole world, for it all, with all of us, belong to the Lord, Our Father.

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