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I was tagged by Clare Martin.

How to play:
1. Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages).
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people.

Some of Us Did Not Die by June Jordan

“I never thought he should skate back into my, or anyone’s community. But I did and I do think he is my brother. The choices available to us dehumanize.”

Okay, so I’ll tag Karen, EarthPal, Shirley, Carol and Jessie.

First Bookworm wrote about (the pursuit of) happiness, then Jana. Two very different perspectives.

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“Happiness won’t be found in expensive toys, jewels, homes, cars, but it will peek at you through innocent, seemingly insignificant moments.” Jana Allard “Are you Happy?

Nor will it be found in the attitude that wants more for the self than it’s willing to give others. Happiness and joy are not the same thing. Joy has a more spiritual nature. But both are worthy of human pursuit.

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I found an interesting list to answer the question, What makes happiness?

1. Living in a country that is at peace.
2. Having good physical health.
3. Coming from a happy family background.
4. Having a secure job.
5. Being in love.
6. Having enough money to leave on.
7. Not having to depend on anyone else finantially.
8. Having lots of friends.
9. Having children.
10. Being successful in your professional life.
11. Having a nice home of your own.
12. Being able to see the funny side of difficult situations.
13. Having lots of interests.
14. Having a positive mental attitude.
15. Having a strong religious faith.
16. Feeling you are making a difference in the world.
17. Feeling good about yourself
18. Having interesting holidays.
19. Being able to help others.
20. Counting your blessings and realizing there are others much worse off than you.

(see here)

Would you add anything to this list?  If so, what?

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“The civil rights movement did not suddenly erupt in the late 1950s. Generations of African-Americans had been asserting their right to equality but the nation was not ready to listen. By so effectively symbolizing our nation’s dedication to justice and fairness, the Mall provided a powerful tableau on which the struggle would be played out.

In 1939, the great contralto Marian Anderson was barred from performing at Constitution Hall, owned by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt resigned from the DAR in protest and supported the NAACP [National Association for the Advancement of Colored People] as it organized an Easter Sunday concert on the grounds of the Lincoln Memorial. More than 75,000 Americans turned out, one of the largest crowds ever to gather on the Mall on that time.” (see more)

See more about Marian Anderson

Then the master sent for the man and said to him, “You wicked servant, I canceled all that debt of yours when you appealed to me.  Were you not bound, then, to have pity on your fellow servant just as I had pity on you?”  And in his anger the master handed him over to the torturers till he should pay all of his debt.  And that is how my heavenly Father will deal with you unless you forgive your brother from your heart.  Matthew 18: 32-35

“God’s compassion is not something abstract or infinite, but a concrete, specific gesture in which God reaches out to us.  In Jesus Christ we see the fullness of God’s compassion.  To us who cry out from the depth of our brokenness for a hand that will touch us, an arm that can embrace us, lips that will kiss us, a word that speaks to us here and now, and a heart that is not afraid of our fears and tremblings, to us who feel our own pain as no other human being feels it, has felt it, or will ever feel it and who are always waiting for someone who dares to come close—to us man has come who could truly say, “I am with you.”  Jesus Christ, who is God-with-us, has come to us in the freedom of love, not needing to experience our human condition.  In Jesus Christ the obedient servant, who did not cling to his divinity but emptied himself and became as we are, God has revealed the fullness of his compassion. . . .  This is the vision that guides us. . . .”

to read the rest of this devotional see Show Me the Way: Daily Lenten Readings by Henri Nouwen

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