ANZAC Day in Australia is probably one of our biggest public holidays. Almost every town and city in Australia has a war memorial in a park where an ANZAC Day service would have been held today, or a ANZAC Day march up the main street.
ANZAC Day is not a day to celebrate war, but to remember the great cost to human life caused by war. We also remember the tragic impact on lives post-war – depression, post-traumatic stress, physical injury, mental illness, not to mention the impact of losing loved ones for those left behind.
ANZAC Day is a call to remember the lives lost and affected by war. And this is something that Australians generally do well on ANZAC Day.
But perhaps today, as we remember our Australian soldiers and those affected in our own country by the tragedy of war, we should also pause and remember those in other countries who were just as impacted and continue to feel the effect of war. Perhaps we should even remember those whom Australian soldiers fought and are fighting currently. Read the rest of this entry
Invisible Children’s campagin to bring down Joseph Kony has gone viral!
IC is an organisation that strode to promence when they released videos about the tragic child soldiers in Uganda, the DRC and Sudan, many of which have been abducted by Kony’s Lord’s Resistence Army (LRA).
The IC Campaign sates:
KONY 2012 is a film and campaign by Invisible Children that aims to make Joseph Kony famous, not to celebrate him, but to raise support for his arrest and set a precedent for international justice.
But how do they seek to do this? And is this the best way?
The IC Kony 2012 campaign states:
We are taking action to ensure these two things
1) That Joseph Kony is known as the World’s Worst War Criminal.
2) That the U.S. military advisers support the Ugandan Army until Kony has been captured and the LRA has been completely disarmed. They need to follow through all the way and finish what they have started
Seems nobel enough. I myself would love to see the end of child soldiers and the violence, the murders, rape and kidnapping that the LRA has conducted since 1987. Read the rest of this entry
Praying “your wil be done” (Matthew 6:10) is harder than one might think. In fact, I think it is down right scary!
If we pray, “your Kingdom come, your will be done” we are asking God to align us with his priorities, with his mission – YOUR will be done, NOT mine. To pray, “your will be done”, means abandoning our own priorities and our own mission in order to be aligned with God’s priorities and God’s mission.
So often, even when we use these very words, we might find ourselves praying and asking God to change the situation to suit ourselves. But, as Andy Stanley would say, prayer is not so much about changing God but about changing us.
We experience stresses, life decisions, anxiety, pain, suffering… we probably experience it most days or most weeks. Many of life situations result in uncertainty. Our job can be uncertain, our financial situation, family relationships… many things in life result in us feeling uncertain, unsure of what to do, unsure of what will happen. Life can be a struggle and things can fall apart, and things don’t necessarily go the way we planned.
It is at these times that we often find ourselves praying more than we normally would.
But if we are honestly seeking God’s Kingdom – God’s will, not ours, God’s priorities, not ours, God’s mission, not our own – then this is a scary kind of prayer. Read the rest of this entry