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Nothing aggrieves the psyche like disease, destruction of property, desertion, divorce, or death. Such losses, of whatever magnitude, shade the psyche for indeterminate periods of time—in their wake, steaming pitch burns useless dross from unlived lives.

At the onset of loss, thick soot obliterates identity and greases confusion into riderless barreling skateboards. Impenetrable night shrouds the spiritual faculties, rendering them inert, colorless, and isolated. Kettle-black metal chains bind imagination and fog memory. Tears moisten lead pieces of “what used to be,” which further stab throbbing hearts. Shadows of reality trick ill-formed decisions necessitating correction and more change, perhaps dislocation. Panther-like, anger blazes, then subsides and hides until its next surge.

Such are the shades of grief as sufferers pick up the pieces of their lives and move on. Many have already perished; many wounded; many homeless.

Such is the painful plight of Haitians and Afghans and countless others. For them, we continue praying: “We ask Your protection and care with complete abandon.”

The Light of Life will return–It depends on where you look.

“Thou Shalt Not Kill.”

This ancient commandment first purported to King Hammurabi in his Code (1755–1750 BCE), the sixth King of the first dynasty of Babylon, later influenced the Ten Commandments that Yahweh presented to Moses on Mount Sinai, between 1000-900 BCE. Later, Jesus of Nazareth enlarged on this commandment as found in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew’s gospel (50–100 CE). And still later, between 609-622 CE, the prophet Mohammed incorporated this commandment in the Quran, 5:32.

Temples, synagogues, churches, cathedrals, basilicas, and mosques have abounded throughout the world, its worshipers intent upon learning and practicing its sacred texts.

It could not be clearer: “Thou shalt not kill.” Yet, regard our global history, filled with genocides, wars, ethnic cleansing, assassinations, and back-alley and ransom shootings—And today’s killing eyes peering through slits of face-scarfs, trigger-fingers poised on new H & K G3 battle weapons.

It’s seems to be about unbridled anger, power, greed, and the obliteration of spirit.

We wait and ask Your protection and care with complete abandon. 

Heart-cries fraught with tears for:

first responders in Haiti and Afghanistan,

firefighters in Greece, Turkey, Israel, and America,

victims living with chronic pain and illness,

 military, police, and law enforcement,

patients stung by the virus, despite vaccinations,

  addicts of whatever substance,

the grieving,

the destitute,

the terminally ill,

the dying,

Such are our brothers and sisters of the human family throughout our broken world.

We ask Your protection and care with complete abandon.

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