Friday, March 17

Prayer for Jill Carroll and others this weekend



Teach us, good Lord, to serve you as you deserve:
to give, and not to count the cost,
to fight, and not to heed the wounds,
to toil, and not to seek for rest,
to labour, and not to ask for any reward,
except that of knowing that we do your will.

[Tom Fox did.]
Ignatius of Loyola, soldier and founder of the Jesuits (1491-1556)

No offense intended to the family and friends of Natalie Holloway. I'm just ticked that a cute blonde vacationer gets more attention from F-word News than people who actually want to try to make a difference in a part of the world that thanks to our government, has become hell on earth.

Here's what my dear friend Hedgehog has to say, in an earlier comment to this blog:

Let's pray and send good wishes to all the captives in harm's way. Jill Carroll, Norman Kember, Harmeet Sooden, and James Loney.

Norman Kember's family feels that he will be the next to be killed because he is British. He is 74 years old. He has been abused, as the videos show. He is barely able to stand up straight.

Also, please send your good thoughts to the three women Peacemakers who have refused to leave Iraq, despite immense pressure from the US to do so.

They live among the Iraqis, despite the attempts of the US to force them into "secure" areas and monitor their movements.

They explain that they do not want to die or be taken hostage or die, but they will stay as long as their presence is "more help than harm."

They ask that their pictures not be printed, for reasons of security. Other than that they depend on the trust they have established with the Iraqis to protect them. They do not believe in violence.

They are Anita David age 60, Maxine Nash age 43, and Peggy Gish age 63.

Please keep them in your thoughts. Now that Iraq has descended into chaos we need Peacekeepers more than ever.

[and from her blog] ...please stay away from Fox News. They are poison. They lie. They seek out the worst possible parts of the human heart and cater to them, as Bush does. Don’t torture yourself by eating the poison of their lies.

Tom Fox’s life embodied the teachings of Christ. The kindness, the humility, the love of the helpless and the healing of the spirits of those less able to help themselves. He was a very good man. The people whose lives he touched will never forget him.


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  1. A-MEN.

    Thanks for this. As usual.

  2. Thank you, Blue Gal.

    You made a beautiful post.

    Please, to those who read this, pray for the Peacemakers. All of them, including Jill Carroll.

    Though she was not affiliated with CPT she is every bit as much of a Peacemaker as those who were.

    Look at her face in the capture videos. She is beginning to have the look of someone who is looking inward, and not outward, as if she is giving up hope.

    Help keep hope alive for her and the other captive Peacemakers. Link to Jill's photo, and on the "Free The Captives Now" website, there are links to put up small banners for all the captives.

    I chose the candle standing alone because for me it represents living in the light instead of darkness. I consider it as much for Jill as for the other Peacemakers being held.

    Here is the url, if you would like to add a link for them, or put up a new link on your blog for them and for Jill. They are at the bottom of the page.

    This is a small website operated by a friend of Tom Fox's, a man who attended the same Quaker Meeting that Tom Fox attended. It is a beautiful memorial to him, if you want to visit.

    For all the Peacemakers, captive and free, these words.

    “Blessed are the peacemakers; for they shall be called the children of God.” Matthew 5:9


  3. I've edited the post. Just click on the peace is patriotic image above to get to the free the captives now site. Thanks, Hedgehog.

  4. Free the captives is nice... Thanks, Blue Gal.

  5. Beautiful, Blue Gal. Thanks. I'm thinking I may steal the prayer. I fail miserably at it, but that is the desire of my heart.

    It looks like Bloggers everywhere have taken up the cause for Jill and the other captives. It's a beautiful thing to see people all over the world, from every religion and creed uniting like this.

    I believe that this is just a small taste of what God intended us to be like. A world of peace and harmony, without color or religion, but just all the humans, working together toward one goal, for the good of all.

    My prayer is that this unity becomes the rule instead of the exception for us.

    Thanks again.

  6. Jill, you are not forgetten. Be tuff, babe. Our hopes are with you.


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