What you see

Can you hear the cry of the city?

‘ Big Issue ‘

‘ Big Issue ‘

Is the cry of the street vendor and they are right, there are so many Big Issues.  And Yet,  There is a way of walking in the city, purposeful, focussed, absent.  Does the ‘Shelter Cymru’ fund-raiser, (with the red bib and clipboard) make this even more ironic?  As dogs with their companions occupy vacant doorways – how many there are, yet how silent the city.  Gangs of smokers lurk at back entrances to offices, the new staff room.  Eager concert goers queue by the Taff.  Families set out blankets on Bute Park and the campaign against greed, blankets, sleeping bags, dread-locks, wakes up in the grounds of the Castle.  Big Society?  Not until all belong it won’t be.  How quiet it is as joggers go round, allotments grow, leather hits willow, and ordinands study in Llandaf.  The cry of the street vendor muffled, diminished by the walls – so many walls.

America

My first impression of the scenes from the southern states amidst the devastation were along the lines of well that’s ‘Fat America’ for you, screaming for food and water after two days, I also thought there was no dignity in these people as there always seemed to be when watching pictures of starving Africans.

(Why is it we always see these awful pictures and still do nothing, or very little??)

But then, after watching a few news reports and searching various other information sites, it appears that the fat and the rich were able to get out, get away from the centre of the storm.

As usual it was the poor who were left behind, those who did not have transport, could not afford to move, did not have access to all the information and what else can you expect, but looting and scared mothers screaming for food and rescue, because living in the shadow of the rich for so long these people have been liberated and rejected in the same breath.

This mornings office reading was James 4:13 to 5:6.

Bruderhof

I’m sure there have been loads of these around for a while, but this one ( http://dailydig.bruderhof.org ) is really worthwhile. A little gem in your inbox each morning. Today’s ‘Dig’ was this…

Think what the world could look like if we took care of the poor even half as well as we do our bibles!

Far from making me guilty about not giving enough money to charity or supporting enough worthy causes, or even checking the Make Poverty History website often enough, (there’s got to be a link to that here somewhere… :o) ) I looked at my Bible in shame and though about getting it re-covered. Not quite the message of the quote, but perhaps (I would hope) I have priorities slightly straighter than those the quote is aimed at!

Well we are on the move. 16th of August we will be in Cardiff starting the next big journey