Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Joy to the World

I hang out with ordinary people. We go to our jobs, take care of our children, walk our dogs, support our communities, watch our TV shows, and make lists to keep up with everything else. We are assembly line workers and attorneys, entrepreneurs and engineers, surgeons and songwriters, preachers and painters, chefs and shoe salesfolk. We come from the city and the country, from the US, Mexico, China and Palestine, from big families and very small families, from Christian to Buddhist to atheist. We struggle, we celebrate, we grieve, we console, we dance, we pray. We believe. We believe in right over wrong, in mystery and in science, in freedom and in truth. We believe in the kindness of people, the strength of the human spirit, the power of one strong voice crying out in the wilderness. We believe in angels and gods, holy women and wise men, and the Baby born under a star in the East. We are at work in the world...healing and feeding, championing causes and holding hands with the broken. Some of us write, some of us lobby, some of us ladle soup into styrofoam bowls, some of us sing, some of us smile and listen. Some of us roll down our windows at intersections and give change to the woman holding the "Homeless with 3 Children" sign. Some of us put spare quarters in the "Heifer Project" box at the office. Some of us buy stuffed animals for kids in the children's hospital. Some of us simply wish we had more to do more...and we wait hopefully for the time when we do, because we will. I hang out with some ordinary folks...but they are people who carry amazing dreams for the world. These are people - every last one of 'em - filled with a collective mission to be ambassadors of great comfort and deep joy. They respond to that need everywhere - from the neighbor's house next door, to the orphan's hut in Uganda. It is a circle of unexplainable hope, irresistible joy, and determined love. It is a force to be reckoned with. It is extraordinary. I am part of a movement to bring Joy to the World! If you are reading here, you are, more than likely, one of these people. Thank you. Do your little bit of good where you are; its those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world. - Desmond Tutu Peace.

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