In Faith Works: How to Live Your Beliefs and Ignite Positive Social Change, by Jim Wallis, the foreward by Bill Moyers states: …….be…..”doing what is sacred.”

One dies to live, surrenders to gain.  Our journey here is a mission of redemption and renewal.

later it states from Merton—and Nehemiah 2:18 “Then they said, “Let’s start building.” So they committed themselves to the common good.”

In Get out of the House More Often it starts with: “You are the salt of the earth…You are the light of the world.” (Matthew 5:13-14).

This is Wednes, July 8th, 2009. I embark on a new day after doing general housekeeping duties this morning and paying bills.  Awe yes, the bills are always there to be paid…………..

Next, I will play tennis with a group of old friends

Yes, take time to have fun and get exercise with friends

It clears the mind, makes one laugh, gets one out of one’s self-interest

To see the world through others………

Catch up with news

We are all so caught up in day to day family and friend news,

That it’s any wonder we spend time in the larger local community,

The national community, the world community!

How do we have peace, patience, support for one another?

How do we venture out into the masses and do some societal good?

One of us just cleaned out a place for a homeless women and her three children to live in, worked with church members to stock the pantry with food, make a meal for the family’s first night in the apartment after homelessness (the children jumped up and down with joy!)

One of us I know sponsors a child in India,

Another one of us just sponsored an orphan in Mozambique,

Another one of us is in a service sorority to help local families in need, help young women get into college with scholarship funding,

Some of  us are more politically involved that others of us in our tennis ladies group.  We range in age from 55 years to 75 years, women all-many retired teachers, some business women, a few “at home moms” whose kids are grown.

A different one of my groups: my church group is a big morphous group of people— few are in the Justice, Peace, Environment Group, in this big suburban church. Many in my book have bad theology (and I am sure they feel my theology is bad)—so there you go–a need for some sort of reconciliation!

I pray for more attendees for Peace, Justice, Environment–when will they arrive? Or is Peace, Justice, Environment a lonely task that few a willing to endeavor?

Margaret Meade: It only takes a few dedicated individuals……………….I’ll have to look this one up.

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