MLK

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“All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

I love this quote by the man we honor today. Born in 1929, Michael King was renamed by his father in memory of the man honored as the father of the Reformation.

MLK as he has become known is the first person I am honoring in a new series at the Justice Journey.  This series, entitled the Rogue’s Gallery, is a series to highlight those who inspire me by their actions in the pursuit of justice. MLK’s actions even lead to his arrest in January 1956 as part of the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

He lead a life of non-violent resistance to the powers that be. He went to jail in Birmingham (check out his famous Letter from a Birmingham Jail). He was assassinated for his work.

He is a rogue worth following. I use the term affectionately, despite the negative definition. During the time of his work, law enforcement would have considered him a rogue, defined as a dishonest or worthless person by Merriam-Webster. However, time would prove this rogue to be a hero worth emulating. His message of justice transcends race, time and history. It is always timely.

How will you honor MLK’s memory today, this week?

Here I Stand

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When it comes to faith, what a living, creative, active, powerful thing it is. It cannot do other than good at all times. It never waits to ask whether there is some good work to do, rather, before the questions is raised, it has done the deed, and keeps on doing it. Martin Luther

This vision of faith is one I identify of justice in action. This is the faith I want to live and do daily, hour by hour, minute by minute.

And what I am learning is that the way to do this minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day is to learn to pursue relationship with God.

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God— 9not the result of works, so that no one may boast. 10For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life. Ephesians 2:8-10 NRSV

What good works you do to live an active faith?

#oneword365 Faith

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” Hebrews 11:1 (ESV)

I had been contemplating my One Word for the coming year.  I had a vague feeling that it should be faith, but no real reason to affirm faith as my one word.

This is until today, New Year’s Day. You see, I am an Anglican and today being Sunday, the service for today is a special service called the Bishop’s Eucharist. I also have a recurring role in my church as verger, which means I set in order the table for Eucharist (Communion, as it is known to some). I look after the little details as it relates to the service. If you ever attend the Cathedral I serve, then the hymn numbers are there because I put them there.

With the Bishop’s Eucharist, it means that the Dean of Cathedral is not around. The Dean of the Cathedral is the Priest who pastors the Cathedral congregation. The Bishop of the Diocese celebrates the Eucharist for New Year’s Day. It’s really that simple. The Bishop’s Eucharist.

God is my great Verger in that he looks after the little details of my life. The Bishop preached on the verse in Hebrews that says “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (KJV). I don’t need a club up the side of my head to know that my year is to be centred on faith.

Join me as I journey in faith, going deeper, searching what God is up to.

My One Word for 2012 Faith Journey is going to be recounted on my personal blog: Han Kyoul’s Musings, which is separate from the Justice Journey. I fully expected some cross-over, but will try not to duplicate posts if it can be helped.

This post is part of the community at http://oneword365.com/. Check out the others who are making their One Word resolution for 2012.

Holy Innocents

When Herod saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, he was infuriated, and he sent and killed all the children in and around Bethlehem who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had learned from the wise men. Then was fulfilled what had been spoken through the prophet Jeremiah: ‘A voice was heard in Ramah,wailing and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be consoled, because they are no more.’
Matthew 2:16-18

Today is the feast of the Holy Innocents. It is one of the days in the church calendar, which commemorates the communion of the saints. The Holy Innocents are commemorated in Scripture in Matthew as referenced above. Herod killed the children in and around Bethlehem in an attempt to kill Jesus, who was identified as King by the Wise Men. Jesus was a threat to his power.

Cyberbullying is the actions taken by a child or teen online or with digital technologies to harass, threaten, torment another child or teen. It’s important to for those being bullied to speak up. Check out this video from CBC News to hear about Hannah Brundson, a 16 year old who spoke out about her struggle with mental illness. The report highlights others who are speaking out about their harassment at the hands of bullies, leading to depression and mental illness. The report is very informative about how no one is immune to mental illness, and also the importance of breaking the silence.

Children and teens like those in the video are our Holy Innocents today. Living in silence with mental illness is killing our children. Having mental illness compounded by bullying and cyberbullying is killing our children. There is hope when the silence is broken. Thank you, Hannah, for breaking the silence.

In 1921 Frederick Banting and his scientific team refined a medical discovery and then administered insulin to children suffering from diabetes in a medical ward in Toronto. “They went from bed-to-bed and injected them with the new purified extract – insulin. This is known as one of medicines most dramatic moments. Before injecting the last comatose children, the first started to awaken from their comas” (Source: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/info/diabetes/discoveryofinsulin.php). Banting saved the Holy Innocents of his day. His discovery continues to save lives today.

This post is dedicated to the Holy Innocents and those who work to protect them.

Happy Christmas

So this is Xmas
And what have you done
Another year over
And a new one just begun
And so this is Xmas
I hope you have fun
The near and the dear one
The old and the young

A very Merry Xmas
And a happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear

And so this is Xmas
For weak and for strong
For rich and the poor ones
The world is so wrong
And so happy Xmas
For black and for white
For yellow and red ones
Let’s stop all the fight

A very Merry Christmas
And a happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear

And so this is Christmas (war is over)
And what have we done (if you want it)
Another year over (war is over)
A new one just begun (if you want it)
And so happy Christmas (war is over)
We hope you have fun (if you want it)
The near and the dear one (war is over)
The old and the young (now)

A very Merry Christmas
And a happy New Year
Let’s hope it’s a good one
Without any fear

War is over, if you want it
War is over now

Happy Christmas

Love Drop – December

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Help give a Love Drop this season!

This Christmas the team’s coming together for Diomi and her son Nallee, who are going into the cold Milwaukee winter with very little food, clothes, and other necessities. Diomi has been through so much, including the loss of her father, the loss of her job, and clinical depression. But even through the pain you can see all the love she has for Nallee, who has one of the most beautiful personalities you’ll find. 🙂

We want to make this month special for them! We’re working with their pastor to help get things they really need, including school uniforms for Nallee, interview clothes for Diomi as she looks for a job, and food to help them through the winter months.

If you can find it in your hearts to give one extra gift this year, whether it be money or a helpful item they can use, please send it in – our goal is to reach $3,000 worth of necessities.

 
Want to join us in helping Diomi and Nallee? Here are 3 ways:
  1. Give $1.00 – This money will be put towards basic necessities and care.  Maybe even a Christmas present or two (They’re currently spending it alone, w/out anything at all).
  2. Give a gift card – Gift cards are extremely helpful, especially to places that are national.
  3. Donate personal products –These two need anything you can thing of in the personal product department: bathroom/kitchen/bedroom stuff, etc.

Thanks guys! You can reach the Love Drop team anytime over at: team (at) love drop (dot) us, or by checking them out at LoveDrop.us. Thanks everyone! We’ll let you know how it goes!

Choosing JOY!!!

Good day, friends.

I wanted to direct your attention to a sermon from the church of my friend, Alece. This video highlights the idea of Choosing JOY.

This is the Sara’s blog, mentioned in the video: http://gitzengirl.blogspot.com/
This is Alece’s (and others) tribute to Sara: http://www.gritandglory.com/choose-joy-ink-link/

I hope you are blessed by the video linked below:

Better Days video: Choose Joy

Love Drop – November

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Love Drop is at it again! They just came back from the Indianapolis area where they dropped $2,500 worth of baby gifts on newborn triplets (they’re so cute!!), and THIS month they’re trying to round up the love for another mother who needs our help — this time fighting against cancer for the 3rd time in 10 years.

Any of us in the same situation would probably use any extra money toward medical bills, so that’s why this month we want to instead focus on giving Marci and family the gift of quality time together. Let’s send them somewhere amazing and help them form memories that will last forever! We’re looking for creative ideas this month… financial gifts too, but also anything that will help them escape together for a while.

Want to help Marci and her family from Fort Collins, Colorado out? Here are 3 ways:

  1. Give $1.00 – This money will help us give her some great quality time!
  2. Give a gift card – Gift cards are extremely helpful, especially to places that are national.
  3. Donate TRAVEL stuff – Airline miles, timeshare options, destination packages, etc. – whatever you have access to!

Thanks guys! You can reach the Love Drop team here anytime with questions: team (at) love drop (dot) us., or by checking them out at LoveDrop.us. Thanks everyone!

Acrobat

Hi, to my three readers. Long time no chat.

I’ve been transitioning in a new role at work. This has been challenging as I learn a new position and manage a varied schedule. The two constants has been church and filling in on shifts from my old department.

My new position is called centre floater and once I am completely comfortable in it, I will be picking my shifts from 4 departments, two in a support role, two in sales. I haven’t done reservation sales in over two years, so I haven’t been pleasantly surprised that my shifts have been easier than I expected.

The toughest part of the transition is from a set schedule to a varied schedule. I know it’s about setting my own routine, finding my own groove. And that is also what I love about the change. It is challenging me to set my own routine and balance my life. My creativity depends on it.

My ability to minister to others depends on it. Early mornings, late nights require intentionality to avoid burnout. They require discipline (not that I lack discipline, but the discipline I have has been unfocused discipline).

I feel like a acrobat, with requests on my time coming from all directions. However, I am learning that being an acrobat takes discipline and practice. This comes by doing and learning to say no.

I look forward to seeing how the next few months transpire. My work-church-life balance will be in conflict. Learning to embrace the conflict will be key. Keeping my focus on the prize will be essential.

Keeping my relationship with Jesus has to be the number priority. Thank you for reading, even as I have been skimpy on writing this past month.

What are some ways you balance your life? What prayer needs do you have?