Remember, Remember the 5th of November……..

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Happy Guy Fawkes Day!

It’s almost scary how accurate this speech has become since 2001 :P….Remember…..people should not be afraid of their governments…..governments should be afraid of their people. We have a voice….let’s never be afraid to use it. +

Evening Prayer: Feb. 11th

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Psalms: 91, 92
Gospel: Mark 10:32-45
Patristic Reading: An excerpt from a sermon by St. Leo the Great

Did you really expect a picture of anything else??? Vive le Egypt!

The dullard cannot know,
the stupid cannot understand this:
though the wicked sprout like grass
and all evildoers flourish,
they are doomed to destruction for ever,
but you, O Lord, are on high for ever. (Psalm 92:6-8)

While I am loathe to meditate on Scripture in light of a revolution……I’m going to do it anyway :P. In case you haven’t heard, the Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak resigned today in the face of pressure from its citizens. This is an amazing accomplishment…and certainly an event that is a first for my generation.

The uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt and Jordan signify something much more powerful than political movement. It is a living example of truth and discontent speaking to power; of the proletariat and middle class alike joining forces to face dictatorship.

The idea of justice triumphing over corruption is all over the place in the Psalms. The revolution is nowhere near complete. It remains to be seen who will take up the leadership/gain the support of the military. It has the potential to be a disaster and a repeat of the past…but it also has the potential to be a move in the direction of true freedom.

What is most moving to me is that although 300 individuals have died in this movement (RIP <3), it has been a largely non-violent movement; standing in stark contrast both to Canadian/US military efforts, and the stereotypes which seem to surround the nations, republics, and kingdoms of the Middle East.

Let us unite our prayers that the spirit of peace and change remains with this movement, and that the voice of the Egyptian people continues to be heard. +

Morning Prayer: Feb. 3

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Psalm: 71
Old Testament: Isaiah 55:1-13
New Testament: Galatians 5:1-15

Christians link arms and protect their Muslim brothers and sisters while they perform their daily prayers (salat) Photo Credit:NevineZaki

For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. (Galatians 5:1)

I write this blog post humbled. I admit that this morning I was rather apathetic about praying the Daily Office; hence the lateness of this post.

And then I saw the picture above….of Christians in Egypt showing incredible solidarity with their Muslim brothers and sisters during a time of tension and revolution.

Here I am bitching and complaining that I have to get up early in the morning to pray….and now…. I am struck by the fact that I live in a country where I don’t need protection to practice my faith. I am free from fear of violence and intimidation by my government.

Right now, in the Middle East…the revolution which started in Tunisia has caught fire throughout the entire region. Citizens are gathering the courage to stand up for what they believe in. More than that, there is a conviction that things will change and change for the better.

Hope is springing eternal, and unfolding right before our very eyes.

Let us never take for granted the freedoms we enjoy…and join our prayers with those who are seeking justice and freedom from oppresssion.+

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