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+ The Witherspoon Society offers "A 'Jerusalem Gym Rat' reflects on the Christian calling to peaceful resistance" by Shannon O’Donnell. Shannon O’Donnell is a Presbyterian Mission Volunteer, serving with the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center in Jerusalem. A recent visit to Germany led her to reflect on the courageous Germans who chose the dangerous path of peaceful resistance to Nazism. She says, “I have been thinking of the many ways that people can break away from the mainstream crowd when it is not quite headed in the right direction.”

 

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love, john + www.abundancetrek.com & www.abundancetrek.com/blog + "What is required of us is that we love the difficult and learn to deal with it. In the difficult are the friendly forces, the hands that work on us. Right in the difficult we must have our joys, our happiness, our dreams: there against the depth of this background, they stand out, there for the first time we see how beautiful they are." -- Rainer Maria Rilke

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Nice article and inspiration to question ourselves and if we are living up to our station in life. Are we letting our life be dictated by the circumstances outside and not following our true nature? Pride, hypocrisy and selfishness force us outside the inner center, and they breed isms, hatreds and attachments that strain and put great pressure on our mind. As we cleanse the mind of thoughts hostile to the greater good and stay clear of self-centered actions for only selfish reasons, then abundance of creation can again start to fill every moment and the joys of life again well up inside. The physical differences of color, race and creed are for this person only the marks of the outermost body because he sees everything as the unchanging Father, which is eternal and has no parts. The race consciousness can't penetrate this mind and make it do the particular things that are associated with an age group or ancestral development unless it is beneficial. May we go into the test with joy, pass with joy and if we fail attempt to regain our position with joy. Yes, we will fail and fall, which is part of the learning process, the strength comes when we try to get up again. Finding our center we perfect our station in life and slowly move up the mountain learning from clues and obstacles on the way.

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Nice article and inspiration to question ourselves and if we are living up to our station in life. Are we letting our life be dictated by the circumstances outside and not following our true nature? Pride, hypocrisy and selfishness force us outside the inner center, and they breed isms, hatreds and attachments that strain and put great pressure on our mind. As we cleanse the mind of thoughts hostile to the greater good and stay clear of self-centered actions for only selfish reasons, then abundance of creation can again start to fill every moment and the joys of life again well up inside. The physical differences of color, race and creed are for this person only the marks of the outermost body because he sees everything as the unchanging Father, which is eternal and has no parts. The race consciousness can't penetrate this mind and make it do the particular things that are associated with an age group or ancestral development unless it is beneficial. May we go into the test with joy, pass with joy and if we fail attempt to regain our position with joy. Yes, we will fail and fall, which is part of the learning process, the strength comes when we try to get up again. Finding our center we perfect our station in life and slowly move up the mountain learning from clues and obstacles on the way.

 

Amen!

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