Word: The country that is ever present on my mind is Syria. It seems the people are caught in an unresolvable situation. President Assad, supported by world governments against ISIS, has been known to use chemical weapons against his own people. He is a bad actor. And ISIS, the group that is essentially coming to the rescue of many of the Syrians, is also a bad actor (for all the reasons we know of). In the middle, between a terrorist state and a terrorist group lies ordinary people. Ordinary people like those in Aleppo. #Aleppo, on twitter, is absolutely heartbreaking. People saying their final words on earth. Yesterday, a cease-fire happened with the purpose of evacuating the city. It is reported that Assad and the Iranians broke the ceasefire. "Bombing is ongoing, no one can move.
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This post is the first of three on the topic of mindfulness and listening. ~~~ "Now the Lord came again and stood there, calling as before, 'Samuel! Samuel!' And Samuel said, 'Speak, your servant is listening.'" (1 Samuel 3:10, NIV) For those who don’t know the context for this scripture, today’s daily lectionary selection, here’s a link to a brief explanation, written by Mary Luti for the United Church of Christ’s “Feed Your Soul Daily Devotional.” After an even briefer synopsis here, I’m going to consider one way that mindfulness and listening work together by relating a Buddhist story I just read. A twelve-year-old child, Samuel, heard someone calling him in the night. He believed that it was Eli, the priest under whom Samuel was training to be consecrated for service to God. Eli was g