Living in Joy in an often Joyless World


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Living in Joy in an often Joyless World
Comments by Sue Riley - 1 Feb 2006

I can get pretty cynical sometimes when I focus on the unmitigated misery that our animal friends suffer in factory farms. But when I do, I read something or think about something that I know will change my attitude. And I pray.

There is so much good in the world and my focus is on that. Also on trying to help where I can.

If I remain gloomy and sad about all the suffering and death, what good will I do? And if others see my depression they will not want to join my quest for dynamic harmlessness. They will think that awakening to the suffering is just too painful, and why would they want to expose themselves to all the sadness they see in me?

It helps me to remember that there is compassion in a multitude of things people do even if it isn't for the animals. For instance: my pastor is not yet awakened to animal suffering, yet he was awakened to the suffering of the people of Sudan in Darfur in Africa. Millions are dying and it is one of the worst cases of genocide ever in history. He called on all of us in the church to spend 1/2 our normal amount of monies on Christmas and use the other 1/2 to send monies to the Sudanese in refugee camps. In the last two Christmases our congregation and other sister churches have raised over $800,000 dollars, feeding over 26,000 people. And 100% goes to those suffering and in need thru our United Methodist Council on Relief. What a blessing! Because of us, the refugees in 5 camps are planting seeds, growing crops and are feeding themselves. This year schools will start being built.

There is much good that our fellow humans are doing even if it isn't always obvious or for the animals. Helping people is also important. My heart goes out to all who suffer. I can never forget the animals. But I try not to forget the humans who suffer either. We all can and do make a difference.

God's best to you.


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