Unfortunately the Iraq War isn't over. Not only is the Iraqi insurgency still going strong and wreaking havoc, but the American veterans returned home from duty are still dying, still suffering, still looking to God for answers.
Life is a trip we were not meant to travel alone, and I mean that literally. If we stop and consider our life's journey we shall see that we entered into a lifetime of relationships beginning the moment we arrived here.
While we may prefer roses over weeds, it doesn't mean one is more sacred than the other; the Divine imbues itself equally in all living things, which includes each of us. What value shall we place on all that our eyes gaze upon today?
Any way you slice it, a deeper experience of kindness is what we all inherently desire. We are hardwired for kindness because it is in our spiritual DNA to treat one another with reverence and loving kindness.
One of my deepest longings is to have my lover touch me with kindness, the kind of touch that would allow my body to fully relax and know that it was completely and utterly loved, respected and cherished.
People have long believed that bad weather is some kind of vengeful divine retribution, punishment for our earthly misbehavior. Certainly in the face of extreme hardship, this is a tempting response, based, perhaps, on guilt.