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Look again: A vision based on DIGNITY

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My soul weeps for all this death and tragedy. I am flooded with so many thoughts and emotions. But continuously am drawn to this question: “Will you respect the dignity of every human being?” Not tolerate, not work with, not be friends with, not like, not even love every human being….RE-SPECT. To look again. It is the difficult and uncomfortable yet absolutely essential and courageous act of seeing differently; seeing beyond what we THINK we see and actually see what is common to us all, value, worth and limitless human potential Let’s face it, if we are honest we could ALL do a better job of truly seeing people who are different from us, who we disagree with, who have hurt us… It is not a request to change your heart but to change what you see. Or else we will be perpetrators of what Ralph Ellison describes here: “I am invisible…people refuse to see me…they see only my surroundings, themselves (their fear, their anger) or figments of their imaginations…eveything and anything except me.”
 
It is not what you look at that matters…it is what you see.-Henry David Thoreau
 
Will you respect the dignity of evey human being?
 
For God’s sake, let us open our eyes and look again. It just might save a life.
 
‘Open my eyes that I may behold wondrous things…”Psalm 119:18
#humandignityisnonnegotiable #DIGNITY #openoureyes

Join the conversation!

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Join the conversation!

Just finished filming a video on “Suicide Prevention” with these fine young men who have the fire in their belly to spread messages of healing and wholeness to all. They are members of a grassroots organization, Lutheran Suicide Prevention Ministry. It’s a beautiful thing when faith and clinical depression are in the same conversation. We just need more voices!

God, no matter the name you call God, promises us abundant lives, whole lives, joyful lives.

There is a difference between having the blues and having the mental illness, clinical depression.

And depression does not discriminate- men, women, young or old, black, white, pink or blue; Jeewish, Buddhist, Christian or Muslim; depression has equal opportunity.

It is important for faith communities to know that and to say that prayer is wonderful but sometimes the answer to prayer can be “go get help”, “see a doctor” or “take your medication”.

Help, Healing and Hope are always available!

#jointheconversation
#interfaithdialogue