I'm going to put a link at the bottom of this that I'm asking you to look at - but first, a warning (I guess, don't know what else to call it).
Now, I tend to the philosophical, and the older I get, the more keenly aware I am of my blessings. Compared to some of my fellow Americans, we live pretty modestly. But we, Mr Dearling and I, have NO NEEDS UNMET. I mean that literally, and ask you to just think on that briefly.
I read the blog of a woman I now call "friend", who lives in a tiny village way up in the Himalya. She's a knitter, by the way. And she and her housemates and lifemates spend their time providing such medical assistance as they can, there in the little village, and Joy (an apt name) writes about it, and shows beautiful pictures of her surroundings, and her posts literally fill me with joy.
Except that the people of her village are, in great part, Tibetan monks and nuns who escaped from Tibet, some with only the shreds of life, and some live now in the caves above the little village. They are pious, simple, beautiful people.
And at the moment, at THIS moment, their countrymen are being murdered, beaten, tortured in ways hard for myself to begin to comprehend, by the Chinese government.
China is preparing to host the Olympic Games very soon - and they have a small town surrounded; they're burning it down, killing its people - and not (TO MY OPINION) behaving as someone preparing to host citizens of the global village for an event intended to unify the people of the world.
I'm not asking you to do one thing more than to become aware of this, and then act according to your wishes. I do know, from having read Joy's words, that earnest prayers for those folks will make a great difference to them.
On this weekend marking, for our Christian globe-mates, the Resurrection, the beginning of new life, the start of Spring...I ask you to follow this link, and read:
Road Blog Ahead