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Light Inside Me

Light of me

i am a reflection

Held in the twisted digits

of the aged and the youthful

palms of a million observers, friend and foe,

in a world of light that casts my form by reflection

and refraction, on glass.

Stained, malformed by the trials of the world

i am a distortion

i am, myself a bearer of a mirror

clasped in my own palm, injured by toil and strain,

i clasp a splinter, a reflection and a refraction,

images of as many as the millions who do the same to mine.

In my daily toil, my quest for daily bread

of sustenance in this life, i search to clarify

and i interpret mine, by the evidence,

by the reflections of the many.

i forget sometimes,

that i must understand the splinters,

lest i draw erroneous and hasty conclusions.

i remember often,

i must leave behind, these millions of pieces

shattered, twisted, melted glass splinters,

bearing my image

and a million other images.

so, my own must compete with the others, and with time

and the twisted mirrors of the viewer

from the next age.

no, i must leave my own reflection,

something to balance things out a little

to lend things a new slant,

in ink or clay

i shall beat it or chip it away

from rock or bend it from steel

and rest a little more assured

that a chorus shall remain to the tale

of the light of me.

Evidence Benedicere

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Palestinians had reason to be joyful this Christmas, with all the hotels booked inside what has been turned into a big prison by the Israeli wall of separation. Robert Berger reports for the VOA News from the little town mentioned by the prophets and later recorded by the Gospels as the place of Christ’s birth. Christmas was kicked off this year by Palestinian boy and girl scouts parading. Local clerics and pilgrims from all the corners of the world also joined in the commemorative events at the Church of the Nativity. The events were not disrupted this year by the Israeli forces (Jews do not acknowledge the legitimacy of Palestine nor that of Christ’s birth, while muslims and Christians do).

You can read the full report at the VOA News site. A Blessed Christmas to you and all your loved ones this year.

The Muslim holy day of Eil al Adha coincided this year with Christmas celebration, occurring as it did around the 20th of December. Eid al Adha is the day when Ibrahim (A.S.) obedience to God is recalled (Al-Baqara:196). Eid mubarak to all Muslims all over the world.

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o come all ye faithful

A few months ago, the Network of Christian Organizations in Bethlehem (NCOB) organized an

event near the Apartheid Wall in Bethlehem, and invited local, international, grass roots, official and civil organizations and groups to participate.

The event took place next to Sumud Centre/ House of Peace, in an area trapped between the Wall and the Bethlehem-Jerusalem Military Checkpoint. Around one hundred attendees came from the various organizations, including the mayor of Bethlehem and EAPPI team, as well as representatives of the Bil’in Popular Committee.

march peace bethlehem

The attendees marched by the Wall in a candle vigil, expressing their rejection to this separation and land annexation.

The ceremony concluded with a joint Ramadan breakfast, shared by Palestinian Muslim, Christian and international representatives. [source]

These details and images were extracted from the Joint Advocacy Initiative (JAI) website [about JAI]

Reading this article and others (IMEMC) dealing with present day Bethlehem, one wonders how any wise men from the east would have made it into Bethlehem if the star of hope had appeared today instead of 2000 years ago. It also leads me to conclude that we need wise men (from all directions) today, more than ever before.

These Carols express the joy that humanity is filled with because God’s love has become known to all of us through His prophets. In this way, God is always with us, by His gracious mercy. His love and truth are available to ALL regardless of where you are born or what those in error label you as (i.e. the false labels of Jew or gentile, black or white). Praise God for truth. May humanity turn away from error and be set free by the truth.

 

O come, O come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear

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The war [..] is but a symptom of a far deeper malady within the American spirit, and if we ignore this sobering reality we will find ourselves organising … committees [like this] for the next generation (Dr. King)

martin luther king, a time to break silence

Speech delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on April 4, 1967, at a meeting of Clergy and Laity Concerned at Riverside Church in New York City [AUDIO]
(or right click and copy link into your favourite media player – open URL or open stream, may i suggest vlc player)

I come to this magnificent house of worship tonight because my conscience leaves me no other choice. I join you in this meeting because I am in deepest agreement with the aims and work of the organization which has brought us together: Clergy and Laymen Concerned about Vietnam.

Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.” (J.F.K., 1962)

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What lies at the root of the world’s problems? The Holy Bible says, many things can be traced to the love of money? I consider arrogance and intellectual sloth as follies that always occur alongside the foolish obsession with money. After all, what other forces but vanity, and arrogance can lead to a wasteful worship of things so temporary as those that exist in this world? (more…)

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Iranian Jewish community on Tuesday refuted Israeli offer for the Jews to go to the occupied Palestinian territories in return for money.Chairman of Tehran Jewish Committee, Dr Siamak More-Sedegh and Jewish MP, Morris Motamed said in a strongly worded statement that Iranian Jewish citizens will never exchange their identity with money.
Iranian Jews are of the oldest Iranians and love their pure culture and Iranian identity.

The western media had reported that Israel offered 60,000$ reward for attracting Iranian Jewish families to the occupied lands of Palestine.
But Iranian Jewish people do not show any interest in immigration to the occupied territories of Palestine for the reason of enjoying full religious freedom in Iran.

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I am a confirmed Catholic, and have chosen also to raise my children in the church. Nevertheless, my heart is at all times with all believers in the last Day, Hebrews, Christians, and Muslims. Indeed, with all believers in good will. There is something which I feel unites us all under these faiths, and that is the way we should greet one another. “Peace be with you”, “Shalom”, “Salaam”. In the eastern traditions, this custom is also nurtured with Namaste or Sawaadieka. Yet how many of us have fallen into the modern trap of thinking that these greetings are “uncool” or “so not done”? In my experience, it is my Muslim brothers and sisters in God who remain most faithful to this beautiful tradition of greeting one another “in remembrance of Allah”.

Having never learned more than the opening prayer in Arabic and not having learned to read Arabic, I am often at a loss as to how to properly greet other believers. I recall being told by one disturbed person that “no one says peace anymore (I will spare you the rest of what he said about me)”, I decided to research this greeting of “(God’s) peace be with you” and found these notations written by Adil Salahi 03/01/2003

The word ‘Salam’, which means peace, is also a name of Allah. Using it in our greeting is a constant reminder of the special relation between a believer and Allah.

“When a greeting is offered you, answer it with an even better greeting, or (at least) with its like. God keeps count of all things.”
[Surah an-Nur; 4: 86]
A: Assalamu alaikum (peace be to you)
B: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatu Allah (And to you be peace together with God’s mercy)

A: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatu Allah (peace be to you together with God’s mercy)</fontB: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatu Allah wa barakatuh (And to you be peace together with God’s mercy and God’s blessing)

To most senior persons, the greeting:Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatu Allah a barakatuh wa maghfiratuh wa tayyib salawatih.The added last phrases express a prayer that the addressee will also have Allah’s forgiveness and special blessings.

Related:

Wikipedia, 99 names of Allah

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