A Call for Kindness: Children of Aleppo

We are currently facing the biggest refugee crisis in modern history – 12 million displaced Syrians, approximately 250,000 dead. Yet, charitable donations towards alleviating the crisis are at an all-time low amongst Americans and Canadians alike. Some feel it is a Muslim problem, and therefore, the Muslim nations should fix it. It’s NOT – we are our brothers (and sisters) keeper. Do you remember the biblical story of the Good Samaritan?

Yes, our tax dollars are going to help many Syrian refugees settle in Canada. Unfortunately, it is not enough. Please consider your part in contributing your time and/or your resources to providing relief to this unprecedented human tragedy. For the love of humanity.

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Rouwaida Hanoun, Age 5. Allepo, Syria. (courtesy New York Times)

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Her Children were Her Candles…

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Aleppo refugees

Syria is in pain
Syria is bleeding
Syria is crying for her children.
Her children were her candles
They have faded out

A song written and sung by a Syrian refugee named Haya.

For more information please download the PDF booklet: Understanding the Syria Crisis and the Role of the Church, by Rich Stearns, World Vision.

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Confessions of a Bicycle Thief

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Dear Santa:

I know sometimes I’m naughty 
And sometimes not so nice
But if you think I’m haughty
I promise to repay you thrice

I know there is little snow
I’m counting on your kindness
If your sleigh is a no-go
You can trust my moral blindness

Your sleigh could use some wheels
I have the perfect solution
I can steal them from pedal mobiles
But I need your absolution

You know I like the colour red
We have a few things in common
But now I need to get out of bed
For here comes the Lawmen

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Environmental Failure

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Climate change or a natural occurring phenomenon?

Although this article was written in 2008, much of what this author has to say is still true today. As a young environmentally conscious student studying Forestry in the 1980’s, I understood then and now what this author is referring to when he speaks about the decay of grass-root environmentalism and the lawyer heavy, lobbying, big buck politics of the major environmental groups of today.

Although I still consider myself an environmentalist in the true meaning of the word, I have moved away from supporting the political wing of environmentalism. Why?  Because I see that the contemporary green culture has all but divorced itself from its early beginnings in conservationism and responsible use of natural resources.

Today we witness essentially two very different types of environmentalism, the aforementioned politically motivated environmentalism, and the latter – radicalized environmentalism where human beings are NOT genuinely recognized as being a part of our ecosystems and/or our natural environments. Out of this, at least in part, has come certain elements of the pro animal rights/anti-human movement, pro vegan/anti-meat movement, and so forth. Stating the obvious will inevitably bring backlash, but it needs to be said. Common sense applies here – look it up in the dictionary if you must 🙂

Like it or not, the youth of today (and adults equally) have been inundated over and over again by green politics, in our current educational system, especially the post-secondary system, and the media, to the point that even talking about the non-revisionist history of conservationism, or the early environmental movement falls on deaf ears.

It is my opinion that if our present culture could once again grasp the importance of grass-root conservationism and environmentalism, and understand these intertwined movements through the lens of history, we might just have a fighting chance of managing and preserving our natural world for the benefit of our children’s children.

#NoFear

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My Eyes are Dry

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Keith Green 1953-1982

My eyes are dry
My faith is old
My heart is hard
My prayers are cold
And I know how I ought to be
Alive to You and dead to me

But what can be done
For an old heart like mine
Soften it up
With oil and wine
The oil is You, Your Spirit of love
Please wash me anew
With the wine of Your Blood

Keith Gordon Green (October 21, 1953 – July 28, 1982) was an American contemporary Christian music pianist, singer and songwriter originally from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, New York.

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The Abandonment

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There are probably few things that hurt more in a relationship than to be abandoned by someone you love. For reasons often too complex to comprehend, let alone explain, some people just get up and walk away from a relationship. The one that is left behind, the one that is abandoned, is often left with picking up the pieces of a relationship gone sour. It is so easy to walk away – it is so much harder to stay and truly work through our grievances with each other on a mutual basis.

Sometimes though, instead of having the courage to acknowledge, repair and restore a crumbling marriage, a partner chooses to emotionally abandon their spouse. I think that both men and women can be guilty of emotionally abandoning their partner.

Instead of physically leaving the relationship, your partner simply checks out emotionally. They stop investing in the marriage, leaving their mate feeling detached and unwanted. To the outside world the situation can still look rosy, but in reality the relationship is dying a slow, quiet death. (Dr. Dave Currie)

For the sake of brevity, I am going to cut to the chase. It is my hope that if you are experiencing physical or emotional abandonment that you will take the time to think about what I just wrote. Admitting to ourselves that we are experiencing the aforementioned situations is merely the first step of many. All of us need a second chance. What you decide from here may determine the outcome of your life for better or for worse. The choices you make today become who you are tomorrow.

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