Friday, May 14, 2010

Hooray for Buckle Shoes!

Can you remember getting new shoes as a child? It happened more often in those days, as our young feet kept growing (mine have remained the same size for some time now – which brings both relief and a twinge of regret).

I clearly remember the sorrow I felt on the day when “buckle shoes” no longer came in the size of my continually growing feet. It may have been heading into Easter, when a new dress and new shoes were imminent, and Mom had to inform me, “big girls don’t wear buckle shoes.” *gasp* (tears ensued).

Well, heading into middle age, I feel thoroughly joyful that I can again feel the giddiness of slipping on a pair of mary janes… in a much better variety of styles and colors than when I was 8! 
Hooray for buckle shoes!!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Faith & Politics Friday Five

Faith & Politics
        It's been a while since I've played, but here goes...
Over at RGBP, Sally writes: Well it may or may not have escaped the notice of many that over in the UK we have been awaiting the results of the General Election.... it has been the most closely fought election for many years, and the result... a hung or balanced Parliament, with no outright winner... and it has got everybody talking...

So what do you think about the mix of faith and politics:

1. Jesus a political figure: discuss...
Without a doubt – by intention or not, he engaged people in a faith that lived among, responded to and, yes, fought against the political agendas of his day.
2. Politics in the pulpit, yes or no and why?
Yes (not all the time), when used in direct relation to a theological concern, and with discernment and acknowledgement that there will be members of the congregation who disagree, and the humility that we may not always be right… even if we believe we are at the moment.
3.What are your thoughts on the place of prayer in public life…
To each her own. I pray, but I don’t need to do it where others will hear me. And yet, I will happily pray aloud in public when a situation calls for it. I still cannot pretend to know how to engage the unique differences of individuals’ styles of prayer in public forum – I would not wish to be subjected to some others’ prayers. Great question; will have to ponder more…
4.Is there a political figure, Christian or otherwise that you admire for their integrity?
Karen Armstrong jumps to mind. Have you all seen her Charter for Compassion? And Joan Chittister never ceases to amaze me.
5.I’m skipping #5 and going right for the bonus (just can’t think about it today)
Bonus- is there a song which might sum this all up?
Sticks and stones
battle zones
a single light bulb on a single thread for the black
sirens wail
history fails
rose-colored glass begins to age and crack
while the politicians shadowbox the power ring
in an endless split decision never solve anything
from a neighbor's distant land
i heard the strain of the common man
let it be me (this is not a fighting song)
let it be me (not a wrong for a wrong)
let it be me, if the world is night
shine my life like a light

well the world seems spent
and the president has no good idea of who the masses are
well i'm one of them and
i'm among friends
trying to see beyond the fences of our own backyard
i've seen kingdoms blow like ashes in the winds of change
but the power
of truth is the fuel for the flame
so the darker the ages get
there's a stronger beacon yet
let it be me (this is not a fighting song)
let it be me (not a wrong for a wrong)
let it be me, if the world is night
shine my life like a light

in the kind word you speak
in the turn of the cheek
when your vision stays clear in the face of your fear
then you see turning off a light switch is their only power
when we stand like spotlights in a mighty tower
all for one and one for all
then we sing the common call
let it be me (this is not a fighting song)
let it be me (not a wrong for a wrong)
let it be me,
if the world is night shine my life like a light