There is, in foreign aid and development discussions, the danger of developing a Messiah complex: assuming that our donation to an organization half a world away is really, truly, going to change the world.
Reading through the Gospels again and again as I wrote, I realized afresh and in some ways for the first time how upside-down and unexpected Jesus' words and actions are. I like this Jesus so much better than the Jesus often dragged onto billboards and political podiums, and, dare I say, into the pulpit.
A Beautiful Disaster offers the wisdom of a deeply gracious soul who knows suffering from the inside, and who manages to celebrate the blessings that come through suffering while never suggesting that suffering is in itself a blessing.
Until l I read Is It My Fault? Hope and Healing for Those Suffering Domestic Violence by Justin and Lindsey Holcomb, I had no idea that the leading cause of death for African American women ages 15 to 45 is murder at the hands of a partner.
It is not for me to issue any particular call in relation to Mother's Day, or Father's Day, except maybe to say that the fierce dedication for which we celebrate mothers on the second Sunday in May are present in many, many people who are never called 'mom.'