Thankfully, I woke up this morning headache free, so it would seem that I am over my coffee withdrawal. Today was a better day than yesterday, but I still didn’t get some of the things done that I had hoped to. I started the day as I do most Fridays, going out for breakfast with a few of the usual friends I meet up with on Friday before heading to work. The food and conversation were both great, so it made for a good start to the day.
It was a bitterly cold day today, so much so that the school buses were cancelled for the first time this year. In spite of the cold, the drop-in centre was very busy, which is why I probably didn’t get much of what I had planned accomplished. This wasn’t a bad thing and it seemed that a lot of people wanted to talk to me today during our lunchtime. The conversations ranged from the plight of the Maple Leafs to poverty and everything else in between!
Poverty seems to be a huge issue in our little community at the moment, as we struggle to move forward from the tragic events of almost three years ago. A lot of people have moved away and it seems that many who have stayed don’t know how to move forward, or haven’t got either the means or the incentive to do so.
Tonight, as I’ve been thinking about some of these conversations from earlier today, I’ve been reflecting upon some of the things that Shane Claiborne wrote or said. Once in a while I like to read some of his stuff, as it challenges me to think about what we do here or if we could be doing something more or different or both. Some of my favourite, and challenging, quotes of his are the following:
“Few people are interested in a religion that has nothing to say to the world and offers them only life after death, when what people are really wondering is whether there is life before death.”
“When we ask God to move a mountain, God may give us a shovel.”
“When we truly discover how to love our neighbor as our self, Capitalism will not be possible and Marxism will not be necessary.”
“What if evangelical mega churches became known around the world for things like providing water access for entire countries or fighting to end the AIDS pandemic? Imagine what integrity that would give to the good news we preach, especially the gospel that Jesus declares is good news to the poor.”
“The lives of the thirty thousand children who die of starvation each day is like 6 September 11ths every single day, a silent tsunami that happens every week.”
There are lots more I could share, but if you want to read more, then pick up a copy of his The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical. It is worth reading, but be prepared to be challenged. Like the book I mentioned yesterday, it’s another book I should probably read again soon. Having too many good books to read is a big problem I continually face, but compared to some of the problems I talked about with others today, it’s really not that much of a problem anyway.