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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.
Al Diaz
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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Dare to Dream Geneva, Switzerland Alex Teuscher

Dare to Dream – Geneva, Switzerland – Alex Teuscher

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The soul birthed within the universe,

Leaves footprints upon the earth.

Death a portal of eternal life,

Activates the soul’s divine flight.

Truth of life lies beyond human eyes,

Tears fall from the love of all.

Human form laid to rest,

Allows the soul’s journey to progress.

Through the ethers the soul glides,

Into the light of the other side.

Beyond human thought

The soul lives the true spiritual life.

The life intended by THE ALL.

A place of knowledge,

Love and nourishment.

A place that our Spirit exist.

A place where human thought

Cannot persist.

Without greed, lust or hate

The soul transforms

In love, happiness and to create.

A divine home this heavenly place,

Is the truth of why humans exist,

And the Spirit’s life will always persist.

Over the past few week within my family and friends there has been several deaths.  I wrote this in honor of those that remain here on the earth.

This photo was posted previous but I felt it worked really well with this poem.  Photo posted on www.photobotos.com

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Regret…Regret…

The life that lives with regret,

Locked into fret…

Wears a noose tied tight around the neck.

Regret…Regret…

A place with no space,

Constrained and depressed.

Deny the Spirit within

And the regrets will spin.

Alone with regret,

No space left to let others in.

Push the Spirit away,

Regrets will play a trick on you.

Regrets an illusion you see,

That hides the truth of you,

And blocks a view of Thee.

Regret is a lie that denies your life.

Regret leaves you no place to go,

A hell on earth,

With sorrows that run deep.

A reservoir of blood drained from you,

Regret is your Ego boiling in spew.

The human with regret alone and ashamed,

Afflicted by self-blame.

Anger and bitterness eating at you,

What is left…what is there for you?

Let regret go,

And watch the Spirit grow.

Let go of regret and love will come,

Embrace yourself and light your flame.

You deserve more than blame,

The past is done…The story old…

It’s time to put down your fight.

It’s time to write a new chapter in life.

As regrets fade opportunities grow.

Leave regrets behind,

And bask in the light that shines.

Content…happiness…a place of bliss.

Dare to Dream without regret

And the Universe will manifest.

Dare to Dream Geneva, Switzerland Alex Teuscher

Dare to Dream – Geneva, Switzerland – Alex Teuscher

www.photobotos.com   June 24, 2012

 

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