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Leonard Pitts Jr.

The Miami Herald

Leonard Pitts Jr.      The Miami Herald
Updated: 2012-11-16T12:00:00Z

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Leonard Pitts Jr. is a columnist for the Miami Herald.
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Leonard Pitts Jr. is a columnist for the Miami Herald.

        “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways.” – Isaiah 55:8

I am not here to tell you God’s will.

The temptation to do so is powerful, in light of the news out of a hospital in the United Kingdom: Malala has received a miracle.

You remember Malala Yousafzai, of course. She is the Pakistani girl from the conservative Swat Valley region of that country who came to international attention as a blogger and activist for the right of girls and women to be educated. This basic human freedom is a matter of great controversy among Islamic extremists, particularly the Taliban, which used to stage house-to-house raids in Malala’s town, searching for girls in possession of books.

Last month, Taliban goons with guns attacked a van carrying Malala and her classmates home from school. Two other girls were hit, through their wounds were not life threatening. Malala’s were. The bullets took her in the neck and the head.

A little over a month later, we learn from CNN that Malala is walking, reading, writing, smiling and is believed to have suffered no significant neurological damage in the attack.

Against all odds, all reason, all sensible expectation for a teenage girl shot in the head and neck, it looks like she is going to be fine.     But I’m not here to tell you God’s will.Granted, Malala’s miracle seems to deserve that – to cry out for it, in fact.But putative people of faith are often too glib, facile and mean in claiming to have divined the divine. Just as often, their interpretations say less about God than about them, the things they hate and fear, the narrowness of their vision, the niggardliness of their souls.

The Rev. John Hagee, for example, said it was the will of God to drown New Orleans in Hurricane Katrina as punishment for the city’s willingness to countenance a gay festival. He did not explain why the Good Lord swamped the rest of the city but left the sin-soaked French Quarter, site of the aforesaid festival, relatively unscathed.

Republican senatorial candidate Richard Mourdock, on the other hand, said it was God’s will if a woman is raped and then finds herself pregnant with the rapist’s child. He did not explain why God would choose to inflict such physical and emotional violence upon a presumably unoffending woman.

And then, there is the Taliban itself, which said it was God’s will, required by the Quran, for this teenage girl to die. If she survived, said a spokesman after the assault, they would try again to kill her.

Since then, a number of things have happened. Malala’s school has been renamed in her honor. The United Nations instituted a worldwide day, also in her honor, and has launched a campaign for girls’ education. It is called “I Am Malala.” Pakistanis, perhaps previously cowed by the terrorist bullying of religious fanatics, have risen in mass protest, finding courage in numbers. Malala has been asking for her school books so that she can study. On a message board of CNN.com, a reader suggests she ought to get the Nobel Peace Prize, and the idea does not seem at all far-fetched.

Oh, yes, and there is a million dollar bounty on the head of the Taliban spokesman.     Take it all as a stark reminder that too often, people who speak glibly of the will of God really describe no will higher than their own. They presume to interpret God like tarot cards or the stock market, forgetting that God is sovereign and does not need their help. He is a big God. He can speak for Himself.So I will yield not to temptation. Unlike the Taliban, I will not presume to tell you what God’s will was. But in light of Malala’s miracle, it seems pretty clear what God’s will was not.

http://www.kansascity.com/2012/11/16/3920037/commentary-malalas-miracle-and.html

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All around the world people are honoring the principals, good intent, and actions of Malala.   It has been one month since she was shot and the sorrow of that event continues to resonate within the hearts of many men and women everywhere.   This tragic event has raised the world’s awareness of the suppression and horrors many women live with.    Malala represents the desires of many girls and women to be treated with respect, love, and honored as an intelligent and creative human.  This is the God given right of every human, male and female, to be supported in their pursuit of education, respect, and happiness.

Today I pray for the healing of Malala, and for the healing of hearts of those that are suppressed, and for a healing of the thoughts of those who suppress.  There is no divinity in suppression and control of another human.  For all creatures, human, and animal have been created in the image of God.

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Touch of Light (French Massif) – Grand Galibier, French Alps – Photographer, Simone Miotto

The light of God forever shines.

Upon the mountains,

And illuminates the rocky climb.

The clouds a divine haze,

Etches images

In the sunny gaze.

From tranquility to turbulence

The core of the Lord

Lies within the tumulus earth.

The essence of God in everything

Is the beating heart that pumps

The oceans, rivers and streams.

The heart that feeds the plants and trees.

Quenches the human and animal

Spiritual need.

The essence of God so visible to all

Yet, human eyes refuse to see

The splendor of our Lord lives in everything.

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Photo posted on www.photobotos.com 11/09/2012

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Cathedral Park Holy Tree

Holy Tree (Cathedral Park) – Portland, Oregon – Yvonne Mestre

Posted on Photobotos.com 11/4/2012

Under the willow

A mother weeps

As she buries her child

Beneath her feet.

The Queen of Heaven

Stands at her side

As she wipes

The tears from her eyes.

The shoots of the willow

The mother ties.

With a wish in her heart

She pleads to the tree

For the release of her grief.

An enchanted tree

The willow weeps

Its limbs hang low

With the heavy leaves.

The shoots whip when the winds blow.

As the priest and priestess pray

For ills to fade away.

As the poet lays to sleep

Beneath the willow the dreams do grow

As the words of the poem start to flow.

The magical tree the willow heals

Those who weep.

And eases the pain

From their tormented sleep.

To bring serenity to the sea of tears

To bring harmony within the earthly sphere.

With the sway of the willow shoots

The mother releases her fears.

Beneath the moon

The willow grows

In love the tree bows it head

To the souls of the dead.

With its arms it embraces

The mother who stands beneath the tree.

And cloaks the poet who lay to dream.

Mothers weep all around the world for the loss of a child.  In many cases it is to violence and hate.  These are senseless acts and in tribute to all mothers who experience a loss of a child I am reposting this poem.  The beautiful picture was on www.photobotos.com today and when I saw the picture I knew I wanted to share the picture and the poem with you.   Many blessings to all who have experienced the loss of a loved one.   Poem originally posted on May 14, 2012

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