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Comment by Travis F. Baldwin on May 11, 2009 at 2:52am
Grace and Gratitude

All I have and all I feel
Is all because of you
All I reap is all I sow
And love is the living proof

Thank you for life
Thank you for everything
I stand here in grace and gratitude
And I thank you

Seasons come and seasons go
No matter what you choose
A thousand names
A thousand roads
All lead to one simple truth

Thank you for life
Thank you for everything
I stand here in grace and gratitude
And I thank you

F rom: "Grace and Gratiude" by Olivia Newton John. Words by Olivia Newton John and Amy Sky
Comment by Travis F. Baldwin on May 11, 2009 at 2:21am
One of my favorite songs, and no one sings it better then Eva Cassidy!!!

How Can I Keep From Singing?

My life goes on in endless song
above earth's lamentations,
I hear the real, though far-off hymn
that hails a new creation.

Through all the tumult and the strife
I hear it's music ringing,
It sounds an echo in my soul.
How can I keep from singing?

While though the tempest loudly roars,
I hear the truth, it liveth.
And though the darkness 'round me close,
songs in the night it giveth.

No storm can shake my inmost calm,
while to that rock I'm clinging.
Since love is lord of heaven and earth
how can I keep from singing?

When tyrants tremble sick with fear
and hear their death knell ringing,
when friends rejoice both far and near
how can I keep from singing?

No storm can shake my inmost calm,
while to that rock I'm clinging.
Since love is lord of heaven and earth
how can I keep from singing?

My life goes on in endless song
above earth's lamentations,
I hear the real, though far-off hymn
How can I keep from singing?

~ Robert Wadsworth Lowry (1860)
Comment by Travis F. Baldwin on May 11, 2009 at 2:17am
I have done a little research on the swine flu update. It seems it is beginning to slow down a bit here in the U.S. - doesn't thrive in warm weather, so the summer will be a blessing. Several cases are being reported in some of the western European nations, but hopefully the spread there will begin to decline as well. It is uncertain what next autumn and winter will bring, though.

I am concerned about the situation in Pakistan as well - I wonder what the end result will be???? My heart goes out to all the refugees. It is always the civilian population that bears the brunt during conflicts and wars - innocent men, women, and children who just want to live out their lives in peace. Will humankand ever learn from the lessons of the past? We can only hope and pray that we will all come to our senses before we self destruct. It's easy to get discouraged, but I still have hope that at some point in the future we cease the senseless violence, hatred, and torture and realize we are all brothers and sisters.
Comment by Travis F. Baldwin on April 22, 2009 at 4:55am
Dear friend, I regret you do not enjoy the freedom I have to see and hear and explore. The only thing no one can ever take away from you is the freedom of your mind and your thoughts - no regime can erase that gift from our Creator. The fight for freedom and liberty is a long struggle and is never finished - even here in the U.S. when minority groups still face discrimination and are denied equal rights.

Power makes people greedy and hungry for even more power - whether it be the power of the secular state or the power of religious authorities. I suppose it is part of our human condition that we forget our true purpose - to take care of the earth and each other, to follow the ways of God rather than our own desires.

Without hope that things can change, and that each individual can indeed make a difference in the world, we despair and begin to believe that life is meaningless and that we are of no worth. It is easy to lose sight of the fact that we are all children of God, that we are created in the image of God. Each generation of people living with oppression rises up, so the promise of hope is renewed and refreshed. I wish you and the citizens of Tunisia the very best in the struggle to achieve the liberty and freedom you desire as you work for change.

I was further encouraged this past week that president O'Bama released the memos made by the Bush administration in regards to the illegal practice of torture of prisoner's. Tens of thousands of citizens here in the U.S. have sent messages to Congress urging them to begin a special investigation of the abuses that have occurred in the past eight years.

I thank you for your kind words, but I do not in any way consider myself to be a hero - just a concerned citizen who desires peace and justice and fairness for everyone, everywhere. I can only hope and pray that I am, in some small way, successful in that endeavor.

Looking forward to our continued conversation and friendship. Grace and peace to you!

"... let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream." ~ Amos 5:24

"Liberty is always unfinished business.' ~ American Civil Liberties Union
Comment by Travis F. Baldwin on April 16, 2009 at 3:09am
Hello, my friend. You did it! Congratulations!

The problems that the United Nations face must be monumental, and you are correct in questioning how they have any real "control" over dictatorships and strong, militaristic governments that abuse their citizens, non-citizens, and minorities. It is my understanding that a lot of their effort (sometimes a "wasted" one, perhaps) is focused on putting economic and/or diplomatic pressure to "persuade" some kind of cooperation. Sometimes this works - many times it doesn't. I am at a loss as to where the organization can draw the line - the end goal always has to be to find peaceful resolutions to these situations. Then again, how does one reason with unreasonable regimes???? It's a dilemma, for certain.

The situation in Gaza and Palestine and Israel is a real mess - once again, orginally created by other nations at the end of WWII - without much regard, if any, to the people indigenous to the region. Old hatreds on all sides have burned brightly for decades, or longer, and there seems to be no easy solution. In the meantime, innocent civilians are injured, maimed, murdered, or die of hunger and disease.

I refuse to despair, however. Surely, somewhere, somehow, at some point in the future a long-lasting peaceful compromise can be worked out?
 

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