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Tragedy Amid Beauty

Posted on Friday, March 23, 2012 in Uncategorized

Amy and I saw incredible beauty and riches in Hawaii, and we saw signs of tragedy and injustice.


“How many steps does it take to become homeless? It depends.

Remember the owl in the old tootsie pop commercial? He would ask how many licks to get to the center of the pop; take a few and then chomp down on it. Task accomplished.

So needless to say it doesn’t take all that much to hit the streets for survival.

Some of the steps are subtle and unnoticed for some time. While others have a certain finality to them: Now you know you’re in trouble and your options just shriveled up.

In (the case of Joe Bright) there were two major steps: closing a business through bankruptcy, and the end of a long-term relationship. Those alone are usually big disruptors in anyone’s life though they don’t usually tip the scale that far. So how did it really happen? Several smaller steps — or licks of the lollipop if you will.” 1


Every surfer sight had crosses to commemorate the life of someone — surfer and swimmers —  who had lost their life just having fun.


A mile or so away from the beauty of these shorelines on Oahu’s West shore is this community pictured on the right.


I feel tension when I see the world and it’s dysfunction.  I feel the tension of that those who can do should be able to enjoy it, and those who cannot should have the opportunity to enjoy it too.

While I cannot embrace all the notions in John Mayer’s song “Waiting On The World To Change” I understand the frustration:

Now we see everything that’s going wrong
With the world and those who lead it
We just feel like we don’t have the means
To rise above and beat it
So we keep waiting (Waiting)
Waiting on the world to change
We keep on waiting (Waiting)
Waiting on the world to change
It’s hard to beat the system
When we’re standing at a distance
So we keep waiting (Waiting)
Waiting on the world to change

I prayed for those in the homeless community, but I didn’t stop to chat and get to know their stories.

I want change, but I don’t always know what to do.

(Dis) Content

In the meantime I’m praying for wisdom to know what to do when I vote, when I meet those in need and when I see someone with money who wants to bless others who need help.

I’m not content with just waiting. Sometimes I can and will act. Other times, in the big picture, I know I’ll have to wait I must until God rights all the wrongs.

Let’s join together to honor our Creator.  “As the Scriptures say, “They share freely and give generously to the poor. Their good deeds will be remembered forever.” 2

May it be so.  This is mysilentscream.


1 -Read this as more of Joe Bright’s story here

2 – 2 Corinthians 9:9, NLT

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