A Good Image, one of Hope

lighting a candle in Saint Serkis church in Tehran

Good Morning, God!

I have lit candles in churches and I love doing it. Lighting a candle is such a visible sign of HOPE and maybe a SIGNAL to catch Your Attention? Holy Places . . . Holy Actions . . . we need them, God.

Ah, but, we don’t really NEED a church building. YOU are everywhere and at all times. Still, while that seems true, I long for SET ASIDE PLACES and RITUALS, too. Now that I stop and think about it, I can see that it is my task to create them inside my daily life. A GOOD thought!

The photo itself cheered me because this young girl is worshipping in Tehran, Iran. Freedom of religion is SO IMPORTANT. And, I am afraid, it is also fragile. Tolerance and True Belief do not make good bedfellows. Sigh. Giving people the Right to be Wrong — that is how tolerance looks to some.

Saving people’s eternal souls via torture was part of what led to the Spanish Inquisition. Only, Spain was not alone. Other religions have given people the “choice” of OUR RIGHT WAY or DEATH. How did I slip into such unpleasant thoughts, God? Perhaps, it is because we live in a Time of Great Change when people LONG FOR CERTAINTY?

But, enough of that! I wanted to thank you for having stumbled on The Big Picture, a site created by the Boston Globe. I knew there were terrible floods in Queensland. But, now I have STUCK in my memory a photo of a kangaroo on top of a bit of flotsam in a huge expanse of water. Images MATTER.

Hmm. Please, help me look for GOOD images, God!

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