I've been struggling about whether and how to post in the past few days. The attacks in France were horrible. The attacks that have happened - and are happening - elsewhere in the world were and are also horrible.
Suffering and trauma are not things easily compared or measured.
Global media and various countries pay attention to some kinds of
trauma, and some people's suffering, more than others. And we must
question why and how this is, and work against egocentric and unjust
systems that enable this. We must also recognise that losing loved
ones, feeling physically unsafe, and encountering intolerant ideology is
painful no matter who you are and where you live.
So mourn. Cry for those who have suffered and are scared. Weep for our
broken world. And then...figure out what you can do to make it better.
When we encounter the worst of humanity, we must seek to be the best of it.
As one option for those of you who are physically and/or relationally
removed from the recent attacks, here is one way to reach out and show
your support. The day before the Paris attacks, dozens of people died
from terrorist action in Beirut, Lebanon. A beloved friend of mine, Maya Terro,
is striving to empower the best of humanity in her country to respond
to systemic hunger and economic inequality. SOUPer Meals on Wheels is a
mobile food kitchen that helps alleviate the ongoing suffering of Syrian
refugees and Lebanon's poorest. Rebuilding lives in the midst of
terrorism is not an easy task, and it takes all kinds of efforts. A hot
meal, prepared by a diverse set of volunteers, is a powerful way to let
people know they are loved. Giving to the Food Truck will support
efforts to make those regularly affected by terrorism more able to
engage in and support their new communities. I invite you to support a
bit of peace and friendship in the midst of our war-torn world: https://www.generosity.com/fundraisers/souper-meals-on-wheels--2