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Friday, May 11, 2012

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  • Worldwide, moms give comfort, assurance amid war, grief

    by Will Stuart, posted Friday, May 11, 2012 (6 years ago)

    SYRIAN BORDER, Northern Jordan (BP) -- Miriam* sits against a wall on a pad that will double as a pallet this evening in the small, attached room that serves primarily as a kitchen.

    She's one of 14 people who live here.

    Children slip in and out of the unfurnished room, their bare feet trekking quietly against the cement floors. They do not stay long, but the presence of strangers draws them back again and again.

    Miriam is the center of this world. Little ones race to her, flop in her lap, then are gone. Older ones settle next to her for a moment and press against her. As long as she is here -- as long as they can touch her -- all is well. They seek the assurance of her presence, fly off, then return at unexpected intervals when something deep jars them and they need the reassurance of her presence again.

    Sometimes it is only minutes.

    Conversation between the adults is strangely quiet. There should be rage, hollering, fists beating the air. It belies the suffering Miriam and her family have endured.

    There is nonchalance in the telling -- passion and agony have been numbed, perhaps by the need to tell again and again -- of memories that will not die, that can only be quieted.

    They tell of their city in Syria tumbling about them as the shelling came closer. The loss of friends, neighbors and family amid the chaos, the desire to survive, the seeking of something as simple as water. They tell of the cousin who died. The son. The uncle. The husband. They talk of their journey south to Jordan and safety, crossing the desert in the night on foot because the border was closed, avoiding army patrols.

    They tell of those left behind, those in hiding, wondering who will survive. And what will become of the son still fighting? They ponder the uncertainty, if they will ever return home.

    The stories are difficult. Still the children drift in, linger, listen, drift out. They, too, are caught in the cycle. They have heard the stories before.

    They have lived them.

    Miriam points to a little one, not yet 10, and tells how when his brother was shot down in the street the boy lingered over the body long enough to raise a fist against the gunman and scream before scampering to safety.

    He is brave, she says. Then weeps.

    Miriam is a good mother.

    There is something unnatural here. In a place filled with cycles, one cycle is broken: It is unnatural for mothers to bury their children.

    The world is filled with good mothers, mothers whose children died too soon and did not live to bury their mothers. It matters not the agent -- disease, violence, addiction, war, foolish decisions. The cycle is broken.

    The good mothers are left to speak in whispers of the obscenities they witnessed. To repair a breach they cannot mend. To be the center for those who remain. To be the touchstone when those they love are jarred by the unexpected and when assurance is needed once again. To join with that good mother who walked with her Son to the foot of the cross. Read More

  • Foster mom loves children only to let them go

    by Michael Logan, posted Friday, May 11, 2012 (6 years ago)

    Photo by Charles Braddix
    THAILAND (BP) -- Instead of receiving flowers on Mother's Day last year, Susan Quaid* marked the day by giving away a child. Susan, who cares for at-risk children in Thailand as an International Mission Board worker, recalls when she traveled to another country last year to help facilitate the adoption of a child she had reared since it was four days old. Read More

  • Thai mother aims to break dark cycle

    by Evelyn Adamson, posted Friday, May 11, 2012 (6 years ago)

    Photo by Kelvin Joseph
    THAILAND (BP) -- Rays of sunlight spray over the mountains, ushering in a new day for May Messang* in Thailand. Air thick with heat and humidity surrounds her as she stands on the pavement. Read More

  • Mother's Day church attendance ranks 3rd

    by Staff, posted Friday, May 11, 2012 (6 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- Between Easter and Christmas, Mother's Day may be the most likely day people will attend church, according to a study by LifeWay Research. In a national poll of 1,000 Protestant pastors, LifeWay Research asked what the three highest attendance Sundays were throughout the year. Read More

  • Anti-religion campus policies targeted by ADF

    by Leigh Jones, posted Friday, May 11, 2012 (6 years ago)

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (BP) -- The Alliance Defense Fund has launched a nationwide campaign to convince state universities and colleges to change policies that restrict students' First Amendment rights. Read More

  • CULTURE DIGEST: Methodists maintain biblical stance on homosexuality

    by Staff, posted Friday, May 11, 2012 (6 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- The United Methodist Church has opted not to follow other mainline Protestant denominations in a drift toward liberalism on the issue of homosexuality in declining to alter language in a guiding document.

    In a vote of about 60 percent to 40 percent May 3, delegates to the General Conference, the denomination's governing body, maintained language in the Book of Discipline characterizing homosexuality as "incompatible with Christian teaching." Methodists prohibit same... Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Gay marriage misconceptions

    by Kelly Boggs, posted Friday, May 11, 2012 (6 years ago)

    A majority of Americans don't support gay marriage, says columnist Kelly Boggs, who adds there are several misconceptions about the issue. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Barriers, blockades & our faith

    by Jeff Iorg, posted Friday, May 11, 2012 (6 years ago)

    Sometimes God wants us to push through the "barriers" in our path, but other times He puts a "blockade" to stop us in our tracks, says columnist and seminary president Jeff Iorg. Read More

  • Los bautistas del sur y la inmigración

    Por el Personal, posted Friday, May 11, 2012 (6 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- Los bautistas del sur frecuentemente están en las noticias, tal cual el tema de inmigración.

    Para las personas que deseen saber acerca de la postura de la CBS sobre este tema, la resolución del 2011 sobre inmigración, adoptada en la reunión anual en Phoenix, a continuación:

    Resolución: Sobre la Inmigración y el Evangelio

    adoptada por la Convención Bautista del Sur

    Junio del 2011, Phoenix, Arizona

    POR CUANTO, El Reino de Dios está formado por personas de cada tribu, lengua, nación, e idioma (Apocalipsis 7:9); y

    POR CUANTO, Nuestros antepasados en la fe fueron peregrinos y extranjeros en la tierra de Egipto (Éxodo 1:1-14; 1 Crónicas 16:19; Hechos 7:6); y

    POR CUANTO, Nuestro Señor Jesucristo vivió Sus años de infancia como un inmigrante y refugiado (Mateo 2:13-23); y

    POR CUANTO, Las Escrituras nos llaman, imitando a Dios mismo, a mostrar compasión y justicia por el peregrino y extranjero entre nosotros (Éxodo 22:21; Deuteronomio 10:18-19; Salmo 94:6; Jeremías 7:6; Ezequiel 22:29; Zacarías 7:10); y

    POR CUANTO, La Gran Comisión nos obliga a llevar el Evangelio a las naciones (Mateo 28:18-20), y el Gran Mandamiento nos obliga a amar a nuestro prójimo como a nosotros mismos (Marcos 12:30-31); y

    POR CUANTO, El Evangelio nos dice que nuestra reacción ante el más vulnerable entre nosotros es una reacción ante Jesús mismo (Mateo 25:40); y

    POR CUANTO, La Biblia denuncia la explotación de los obreros y el maltrato del pobre (Isaías 3:15; Amós 4:1; Santiago 5:4); y

    POR CUANTO, La diversidad en términos de etnicidad, idioma y cultura va aumentando en los Estados Unidos de América, y

    POR CUANTO, Aproximadamente 12 a 15 millones de inmigrantes indocumentados viven y trabajan dentro de nuestras fronteras; y

    POR CUANTO, La relativa visibilidad de la población inmigrante puede llevar a consecuencias perjudiciales en términos de salud, educación, y bienestar, especialmente de los niños; y Read More

  • COMPENDIO CULTURA: Los metodistas mantienen postura sobre homosexualidad

    Por el Personal, posted Friday, May 11, 2012 (6 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- La Iglesia Metodista Unida ha optado no seguir a otras denominaciones protestantes heterodoxas que tienen una tendencia hacia el liberalismo en el asunto de la homosexualidad al declinar alterar el lenguaje en un documento de orientación. Read More

  • EDITORIAL: Jesús es nuestra esperanza

    Por Octavio J. Esqueda, posted Friday, May 11, 2012 (6 years ago)

    LA MIRADA, Calif. (BP) -- El que espera, desespera" dice un refrán popular. Esperar algo no es satisfactorio para nadie y en ocasiones las salas de espera en oficinas y consultorios se convierten en salas de tortura para muchos que, como yo, son impacientes y perciben el tiempo de espera como un tiempo perdido. Esta creencia común puede percibir a la esperanza como algo negativo y algo no muy deseado. Read More