Just an IDEA

I was given several books for Christmas including ‘Songs my Grandma Sang’ by Bishop Michael B. Curry…

Bishop Michael reflects on his Grandma, part of the generation of Americans of 100 years ago whose grandparents were slaves and who experienced ‘a sung faith expressing a way of being in relationship with the living God of Jesus that was real, energising sustaining, loving, liberating and life-giving.’

Musing on the book…

Bishop Michael includes George Bernard Shaw’s inspirational quote: ‘Some men see things as they are and ask why. I dream things that never were and ask why not.’

Inspirational now… leading to dreams of a better future. Martin Luther King’s ‘dream’ is often quoted; Bishop Michael quotes Desmond Tutu:

‘I have a dream,’ God says. Please help me to realise it. It is a dream of a world whose ugliness and squalor and poverty, its war and hostility, its greed and harsh competitiveness, its alienation and disharmony are changed into their glorious counterparts, when there will be more laughter, joy, and peace, where there will be justice and goodness and compassion and live and caring and sharing…’

This inspirational dream is for everybody‘In God’s family there are no outsiders. All are insiders. Black and white, rich and poor, gay and straight, Jew and Arab, Palestinian and Israeli, Roman Catholic and Protestant.’

For Bishop Michael this inspirational dream for everybody leads to action. He quotes the story of the Muslims of Albania in the Second World War. Prime Minister Medi Frasheri, a Muslim, refused to release the names of Albanian Jews to the Nazis, ordering the Albanian Muslim community: ‘All Jewish children will sleep with your children, all will eat the same food, all will live as one family.’

Bishop Michael concludes: ‘As a result of this deep conviction and the quiet courage it created, this small community of Muslims saved over two thousand Jews from the death camps.’

Inspiration… Dream… Everybody… Action… Just an IDEA

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