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"Joyful Curmudgeon" An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.


Earth Day – 22 April 2007
By Mary T. Hoffman

Today is Sunday, and also Earth Day. Imagine all the people going to church – some think Earth Day is some “far left” nonsense and that “global warming” is a hoax. (Perhaps they also believe that the world is flat and that no one has gone to the moon.)

Other folks might think it’s some kind of fad – perhaps a throw-back to the “hippie” era. But they’ll go along meanwhile and appear “cool” while it lasts. Some will make some minor changes – let’s see – get a new light bulb; that’s easy enough!

In some churches they’ll mouth the Lord’s Prayer, never thinking about what Jesus meant by: (Matthew 6:10)

“Thy will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.”

And of course their pastors aren’t about to explain that there will be no eating of animal products of any kind in heaven. After all, they mustn’t make waves; it’s best to keep their “flocks” happy with fund raisers like the roast beast dinners, the egg and sausage breakfasts, ad nauseam. Well, you get the picture!

Here’s a poem I wrote this morning:

Earth Day
Search your heart; you know the truth.
By Mary T. Hoffman
(Written 22 April 2007)

Don’t talk to me of Earth Day
Unless you’ve changed the way
You treat your fellow creatures,
The fish, the cow, the bear –
All those with whom we share this planet Earth –
Deserve your love and care.

So stop the hype and endless talk;
Talk is cheap, so walk the walk;
If your idea of a treat
Comes with dairy, eggs, or meat
You may think that you are “green”
But all you prove is that you’re “mean.”

This isn’t just another fad;
Earth’s condition’s really sad.
Stop wasting money and your time,
Before you spend another dime
On “food” that’s really but a crime.
Refuse to fund a factory farm,
Don’t be complicit in the harm
Done to those who cannot tell
The pain of living in that hell.

You’re selfish as can be
When you refuse to see
The truth before your eyes.
You’d rather live with lies?

You really know what you must do;
In your heart you know what’s true.
“The truth will set you free,”
If you acknowledge what you see.

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