Peace in the Storm

23 09 2010

by Barbara L. Carter
apostolic assistant

When I was growing up, my home had an open-door policy.

We always knew our friends were welcome, and whatever we had, they were welcome to. We shared food, beds, security, safety, clothing, counsel, and spiritual rest. Some people were there a few hours; some a few nights.

I remember phone calls in the evenings from people stranded on the Oregon coast. They needed help: gas, food, tire repairs, and the sacrament of administration. Dad would go meet and help them. Many times they would come back to the house to eat or stay for the night. We always seemed to have enough, and rarely did anyone complain or grumble.

When I was young, this didn’t seem odd. It was just what was done. It wasn’t idealism or altruism. I never felt like I suffered (well, one time I didn’t get to go fishing with Dad). It just was the way it was.

Now, I look back and see an amazing example of what it means to have openness and hospitality as a way of life. My home, my parents’ home, offered safety and acceptance. It was a sanctuary that offered sanctuary.

The amazing view of that retrospective is seeing the ways the people who entered our lives blessed our family. Relationships made and strengthened over the years continue to bless us.

So many people search for places where they can be safe, where food and acceptance are plentiful and the presence of God is tangible. Many yearn for places where their spirits can rest and begin to heal. They seek the peace of Jesus Christ.

May we respond to the call to create such places in our homes and in places where Community of Christ gathers.


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4 10 2010
Margie Miller

Chick:

How about the October Herald where we find an article by Carlos Enrique Mejia? And the July herald where we find one by Urbain Mbenga? Then there’s the February Herald with an article by Ephim Brudsky from Ukraine. And how about just getting the other races to submit an article? It isn’t hard, you know.

5 10 2010
bewarethechicken

Margie – who’s point are you trying to prove? You cite 3 articles by non-US over a 9-month period? You have to go back to February to even find your third article? Precisely what I’m trying to say.

27 09 2010
bewarethechicken

You’ll note in my initial comment I said “recent” tradition. But again, whether one reads it or not, the authors are who they are. Are you suggesting that if I truly read Barabara Howard’s article she would no longer be a heterosexual caucaision from Independence, Missouri but would be someone else? Have you seen a non-white, non-American poster on this website yet?

27 09 2010
Dino

1] Recent is relative but it doesn’t matter, my statement remains.
2] Of course not. You seem to want to deflect.
3] My comments were based on your comments about the magazine not the website.

28 09 2010
bewarethechicken

So we’re clear, you concede or at least defer to the first part of my comment – that the posters on this board are white mid-westerners, but take issue with the statement that this is also generally true for the written Herald. While “recent” is relative, I would think that your qualification of how long you’ve been reading the Herald is not relevant to the discussion.

As far as deflection – the point is that this is not a matter of subjectivity or of whether one “truly” reads the Herald. I could give the Herald to a 9 year-old who doesn’t read a single article and they could tell you who the authors of the articles are. All one would have to do is determine the race and national origin of said author’s to determine the veracity of my claim. One need not read anything.

If you disagree with that premise, then I’m not sure how to discuss with you. If you disagree with the numbers, then you are just not familiar with the facts.

26 09 2010
Leigh Anne

I loved this article, and think if we all followed the life-example within it, Zion would be a reality in many homes!

23 09 2010
Becky

I’m so thankful for this perspective, Barb. This is something I have tried to put into my own home, as well. Thanks for the entry!

23 09 2010
bewarethechicken

It’s nice to see that the Herald Blog is continuing the recent tradition of the Herald Magazing – all white, all USA, mostly Independence/mid-western authors. World-wide church, indeed.

25 09 2010
Dino

I don’t believe one could make these comments honestly if one truly read the magazine. The opposite of these comments is quite consistantly apparent.

27 09 2010
bewarethechicken

How does “truly reading” the Herald change the cultural background of the authors?

27 09 2010
Dino

I’ve been reading the Herald since the Moby Dick whale was a minnow and the magazine does not reflect an all white, all USA, mostly, etc. etc. as stated. If one has been truly reading the magazine (versus looking at the pictures) then I fail to see how the perception of all white, etc. is reality. Granted some issues favor something over something else but in balance it’s a world church and a world church magazine.




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