As I write this, another powerful natural disaster in the form of an earthquake has caused massive destruction in central China. It is a situation that requires much prayer for the victims as well as a helping hand. However, I wish to focus this entry on another humanitarian crisis in Myanmar, where a little over a week ago, a cyclone ravaged the isolationist country, killing an estimated 33,000 people and leaving millions of others without basic necessities.
An excerpt from a recent New York Times article on why the 25th anniversary is so elusive for married couples:
“We know that somewhere between 40 percent and 50 percent of marriages dissolve,” said Barbara Risman, executive officer of the Council on Contemporary Families, a research group. “Now, when people marry, everyone wonders, is this one of those marriages that will be around for awhile.”
We are currently in the midst of a historical election. In particular, the prospect of electing a woman as a candidate for presidency is a monument to the woman’s suffrage movements of the early 1800’s. The different waves of women’s movements that have taken place since then, have significantly shaped our perspective of what it means to be a woman today. As a Christian woman however, how do key values of the postmodern woman fit into Christian worldview? How do things such as power or freedom translate into a Christian woman’s thoughts, behavior and relationships?
On December 28, democracy was dealt a severe blow when supposed religions fanatics cut short Benazir Bhutto's life. The former prime minister, and the first female head-of-state of an Islamic nation, Ms. Bhutto had come back from self-exile to participate in the upcoming Pakistan democratic presidential elections. Her death is the center of focus, with differing accounts of how exactly she died. But regardless of whether she was felled by a bullet or shrapnel or the lever of the car's sunroof, her death may possibly signal the end of democracy in Pakistan.
I love breaks like this week because it allows me to take time out to reflect on where I’ve been and where God is leading. In light of Thanksgiving week, I’ve come up with my “Top 3” that I am most thankful for:
1. The Pursuit of Christ
I love how Jesus never stops pursuing after me.
In 1776, Thomas Jefferson penned one of the most revolutionary thoughts in all of history when he wrote, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
Today, this fundamental tenet of American democracy is being put to the test in every corner of the world.
Something I’ve come to recognize and understand recently is that God’s heart for the lost is HUGE. Even when I feel a burden and a passion for a global issue, I realize that my comprehension of it is still so little, and that the need for the gospel message is enormous.
TODAY! 5:30-7pm Michigan Union Ballroom Pharmacy -- Career Gateway : reps from pharmacy industry companies, hospitals, residency/fellowship programs, and retail pharmacies come to Ann Arbor and setting up informational booths.
For a Christian, the decision to pursue a career in law for the right reasons is not easy. It can’t be for the money. It also can’t be for the prestige. It can’t even be for the beam of pride in your parents’ eyes when they mention to a family friend that their child is going to be an attorney.
It has to be for God. But what does that even mean? How do you know if it is God that has planted the seed of interest and not all those reruns of Law&Order?
Today there was a talk given by Dr. Tadataka Yamada, president, of the Global Health Program of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.