Monday, 14 December 2009

God is in his heaven?


I write at 9:40 p.m. on Monday 14th December 2009.
My home is so peaceful.  The cats, Adelaide and Ada are resting comfortably.  My dog, Penne has been a wonderful “friend” all day.
The Florida weather has been most favourable, enabling Penne and I to take some lovely walks.
I’ve done “normal” things - eating, shopping, laundering sheets and towels, visiting the library etc..
I also did some laundry and shopping for my good pal Ben (he is still relatively immobile following his ankle fracture).
Later in the day my good friends Ron and Charlotte brought dinner to Ben’s home, and we feasted on their excellent fish soup and fabulous salad. Bob, another friend, joined us.
I’ve wanted to say “God is in his heaven, all’s right with the world”.
But the restless part of me has also been present. 
Yes, it’s been a wonderful day. But it has also been a hellish day for so many people in so many places in our world.
So, on this good day I have also meditated on Bob Dylan’s song.  It is not great poetry, but it is a “thousand percent” more evocative than our dreary Episcopal hymns!
This song of the 60’s speaks to my agony as I angrily weep for the wars of our world.
It is a song for my “peeps” – the American and British troopers in Afghanistan and Iraq.
It is also a song for those Afghan and Iraqi children who are victims of the violence which they cannot understand.
Blowin’ in the wind

How many roads must a man walk down
Before they call him a man?
How many seas must a white dove sail
Before she sleeps in the sand?
How many times must the cannon balls fly
Before they're forever banned?

The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
The answer is blowin' in the wind.

How many years must a mountain exist
Before it is washed to the sea?
How many years can some people exist
Before they're allowed to be free?
How many times can a man turn his head
And pretend that he just doesn't see?

The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
The answer is blowin' in the wind.

How many times must a man look up
Before he can see the sky?
How many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry?
How many deaths will it take 'til he knows
That too many people have died?

The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
The answer is blowin' in the wind.
The answer is blowin' in the wind.




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