Friday, June 5, 2009

Chroni WHAT cles of Summer (6)- Frustrating Experiences

One huge pet peeve that I have is people yelling out their car windows at unsuspecting walkers. It is a pet peeve because I have been in that spot many times. The other week, for instance, I was hit with a full can of pop. It hit me in the hand, followed by laughter as the car continuing along the road. What is the deal? Like WHO does that?!?

Today as I was walking home I got cigarettes thrown at me, and had some dude yell out his window to scare me. They did it twice (if you can believe that). Its a long road, and apparently they went to where they were going and then turned around and decided that they should do it again.

What the heck? Isn't it enough that I go to work and then walk home exhausted? Do I need the hassling? no... I don't...

I don't understand it and it makes me frustrated.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Intensity. Reflection. Vision

So I am currently doing a bunch of studying at my favorite local coffee place and I have stumbled upon a quote that basically made me stop reading (due to the intensity of it's nature). I am reading about the providencial nature of God as it relates to theological standpoints surrounding the existence of evil and there is a whole section discussing atrocities in the 20th century (as it relates to earlytheological views of evil).
The following is a quote from Elie Wiesal, Holocaust survivor who wrote the fantastic/powerfully moving book 'Night'. The quote comes from a man reflecting upon seeing a young boy hanged:

"Where is God now?" and a voice within him replied, "Where is He? Here He is- He is hanging here on the Gallows."

Intense. I had to basically put the book down for 5 minutes, as I lapsed into deep thought/ emotional chaos considering the intensity of this statement. The yearning for those in suffering pulls at my heart as I attempt to understand just what these people experienced. For someone to experience what they experienced and walk away with that burden completely amazes me. To hear a quote such as this, brings forth many more questions, as well as a desire to better understand theological reflections on suffering, as well as the redeeming love of Christ.