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There has been a lot going on lately. I mean, yes in our personal lives, but even more importantly in the world. I felt like I couldn’t put up one more post about love and happiness without acknowledging how broken and sad the world can be. In this day and age it’s easy to filter what comes in so that we only see certain things: let’s just go to pinterest and look a beautiful crafty projects and forget that there are people fleeing on foot to escape war. We only check certain blogs or websites, view limited news and therefore limit the exposure we have to the horrors taking place around the world. Well, at least I do…. but today I can’t think of anything else.

People are being murdered, bombed, cut off from food and water… and of course that’s not even an adequate description of the atrocities. I feel completely undeserving to live a life with freedom, security, and religious freedom. While grocery shopping last night it struck me how self obsessed our culture is. We bought some fresh squeezed orange juice and said “we deserve this” but the truth is we don’t deserve any of it. There is nothing that makes me more deserving, and the more I feed into my own ego and position the more I forget those who don’t have a choice to begin with.

It is depressing, but the truth is if we stop there we provide no hope for ourselves or anyone else. You may not believe in god, but the God that I know is the hope I have despite the evil in this world. So I join others in prayer and choose to buy less orange juice and support organizations directly responding to those in need. [ 1 | 2 | 3 ] are just a few

Jasper was the only suitable image I could come up with, and while I know writing about this certainly doesn’t do much of anything I just had to acknowledge the state of our world. It’s terrifying and yet I refuse to be paralyzed into doing nothing.

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