Archive for June, 2010
Aung San Suu Kyi has been locked up for nearly 15 of the past 21 years because of her efforts to bring a democratic form of government to the Southeast Asian nation of Burma which is led by a military dictatorship. The Nobel Peace Prize winner, who just turned 65, has said that in a political system ”which denies the existence of basic human rights, fear tends to be the order of the day.” Such fear, she said, undermines ”the small, daily acts of courage which help to preserve man’s self-respect and inherent human dignity.”
Think of her small, daily acts of courage as she tries to survive house imprisonment. What are the small, daily acts of courage that you show in your own life? Please share with us.
I recently saw a heart-breaking photo in the newspaper in which a soldier fighting in Afghanistan reads the Bible and lovingly extends a cigarette to another soldier who was stunned by an explosion in that country’s Arghanab Valley. The hurt soldier asked the other to read to him Psalm 91, a favorite from his childhood. The headline, quoting from the psalm, said ”You Will Not Fear…the Arrow that Flies by Day.” Another translation of that line is: ”Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day.” I was very moved by the brotherhood of the two soldiers trying to support one another and by the words of the Psalm that were meaningful to the fallen soldier.
Will this terrifying war never end?
I would like to know what words comfort you when you are in need. Would you share them with us?