Monday, June 11, 2007

POST NUMBER 300!!!???


I was about to post something else, but realized that for a milestone post I wanted to blog about something more significant. And something that has nothing to do with me.

Many of the things I blog, I admit, have this selfish, "here's what I'm thinking" type of post. Sometimes there are profound thoughts. Many times there are completely silly ones. And sometimes, I just want to keep writing, sharing, thinking "out loud" -- and for some reason, I get a lot of hits of people who want to read it anyway. (go figure)

But for a milestone post... my heart wants to go a totally different direction. Darfur.

If you have not been to the Eyes on Darfur site, please go there. Now. Today.

Amnesty International has a website up that gives a clear picture of the devastation in the western Sudan region. Look at the satellite evidence of how many homes, villages and people have been wiped out. Completely obliterated. Then read about the action steps you can take. Some as little as remembering to pray. Others, for those of you who have the connections or the fire in your belly to do so, writing, talking, speaking out about the genocide.

And if speaking out isn't your cuppa, here's a different exercise that I just thought up for my own devotions today, and one you can do too...

  1. go to Google maps
  2. in the search bar, type in the name of your hometown and state (or where you were born)
  3. click on "satellite" to see a view of the terrain, houses and community structures
  4. zoom in to as close a level as you can and try to identify your home, school, church, local grocer, etc.
  5. imagine if everything you know and see in that map picture is burned and gone
  6. pray
Kyrie Eleison...
Christe Eleison...
Kyrie Eleison...


thoughtfully...
Deb

5 comments:

mompriest said...

I am deeply, passionately invested in ministry with refugees. In my diocses I am actively working to gather the support of Episcopal churches to warehouse the items needed to set up apartments for the refugee families settling in our area. Thus far we have filled a mini van twice with dishes, pots and pans, and cooking and eating utensils, bathroom towels, and more - all to help house a family of seven from Rwanda, three families from Burundi, four families from the Congo and a couple of individuals coming from some place...and that is just in the last two and half weeks. We anticipate many more in July, August, and Sept. There are hundreds of millions of refugees around the world, all victims of war, genocide, famine...

The need is huge. And anyway we can help, we must. June 20th is designated by Episcopal Migration Ministries as Refugee Day. So, your timing is right on target, thanks for posting on this crucial issue.

Cathy said...

Yes, thank you for posting this. Praying....

And you have been tagged at my blog.

Serena said...

Thanks for this meaningful 300th post! Totally agree with you; ;and I'm going now to do the map visualization prayer and read the web page you provided.

Snoskred said...

Hi, it's Snoskred here. I've recently become a blogging chick and have set myself a challenge to comment on as many Blogging Chick blogs as I can. So that's why I'm here. ;)

Congratulations on your 300th post. A very thought provoking one, too.

Snoskred
http://snoskred.blogspot.com/

Kievas said...

Congratulations and thank you for helping raise awareness of the situation in Darfur.