Faith Factor and Good News Sierra Journal: Save the Seals, Superman, and the Kiss
May 18, 2011
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TAHOE/TRUCKEE and#8212; Seal Team Six became our real life national Super-Heroes by finally taking revenge for 911, leaving a grateful nation in fist-pumping jubilation. Yes, President Obama got to watch it all take place real time, thus fulfilling President Bush’s original pledge. and#8220;and#8216;We will not tire, we will not falter and we will not fail.and#8221; So much for American resolve. You’ve got to sympathize with Osama just a bit though. Think about it, three wives, one bathroom, and they didn’t get out much. I have to say, I did not find myself rejoicing at this single moment of justice and retribution. The media reminded us he was an unrepentant, serial mass murderer, and even then I had mixed feelings. I wondered if we will ever get and#8220;Back to the garden,and#8221; as Joni Mitchell once intoned. Will there ever be an end to hatred and intentional cruelty? And then I recalled that one ancient reference holds out that very promise. and#8220;He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.and#8221;
Narcissism (self-absorption) has fallen on hard times, and that’s a good thing. We’ve seen a bunch of egos fall by the wayside lately, haven’t we? Lindsay, Brittany, Paris, Charlie, Tiger, Lebron, Mubarak, Kaddafi, Trump, the Lakers (whoops), and on and on. I went to a men’s conference in Portola with my son recently, and they were actually giving away bumper stickers that simply said and#8220;Others.and#8221; It sort of makes the point, doesn’t it? and#8220;Love others as well as you love yourself,and#8221; which leaves some room for self caring, but not for self-absorption. And then I recalled all of that and#8220;Love one anotherand#8221; stuff being played out in Japan after the earthquake and in America after the twisters and floods.
That’s when we’re at our very best, when we’re putting ourselves on the line for others, rescuing them, comforting them, sharing their burdens, even crying with them. When we extend our compassion to the hungry, thirsty, ill-clothed, strangers, and imprisoned, we have that ultimate encouragement from the King. and#8220;Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world.and#8221;
Well, he broke the rules by inviting his prom date publicly in cardboard letters, but James Tate gets to dance at his prom anyway. The headmaster at his school reversed her decision after an incredible display of international social media pressure. Ah, love finds a way. Prince William kissed Kate and she gushed with affection in front of two billion people. I truly hope she carries on in Diana’s tradition. Mubarak was swept out of power, and most of his rich dictator buddies are quaking in their boots. History does eventually take a turn toward justice. Warren Buffet has been out there stumping for higher taxes on the rich, arguing they have never had it better, and that and#8220;Trickle down economicsand#8221; hasn’t worked. However, he has talked 69 billionaires into giving more than half of their fortunes away while they’re still alive. Now that’s the kind of and#8220;Trickle Downand#8221; I can believe in. Did you see that paralyzed student walk across the UC Berkeley stage to receive his diploma? He was aided by computerized exoskeleton designed by campus engineers. His mom even dreams of dancing with him some day.
Sierra people, keep your dreams alive, and guard your hearts. My only regret is that Superman Christopher Reeve didn’t live to see this day when the paralyzed walk. Perhaps he even stood watching from a gallery in heaven.
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and#8212; Randy Allen is as Sierra Sun columnist, worship musician, and former teacher. He’s lived in Truckee for 28 years
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