Saturday, February 18, 2006

bono at the national prayer breakfast

If you haven't heard or read Bono's comments to those assembled at the prayer breakfast in DC, you can read them here. And if you are a follower of Jesus, you should read them. You don't have to agree with all of it, that's not the point. Just read, and listen to what the Spirit might be saying to the Church and to you about people in need.
One quote
God is in the slums, in the cardboard boxes where the poor play house… God is in the silence of a mother who has infected her child with a virus that will end both their lives… God is in the cries heard under the rubble of war… God is in the debris of wasted opportunity and lives, and God is with us if we are with them. “If you remove the yolk from your midst, the pointing of the finger and speaking wickedness, and if you give yourself to the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then your light will rise in darkness and your gloom with become like midday and the Lord will continually guide you and satisfy your desire in scorched places”

When we walked through the orphanage in Fenyi, the sense of the presence of Jesus was so clear it almost flattened me. If the Church wants to be where God is, we need to be in these poor, desperate, hard places.
We need to be in rich, desperate, hard places too - just not all of us.


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