Monday, July 05, 2010
fifth of july
i found this fishy flag in the window of a pasadena art gallery. what an interesting symbol. i wish i knew more about the artist's intention.
i hope you all had a wonderful family and firework filled fourth. there is so much about this country that i struggle with - yet it is my current home, and it can be a wonderful place to live and learn.
i'm a canadian-american with ties to several african nations, and deep european roots. i come from a faith tradition that has been persecuted and tormented, and yet in pasadena, a person with such mixed background can find relative freedom to live almost as i wish - especially compared to some other parts of the world.
yet i'm also painfully aware of how frequently our military might, power, political decisions, boundaries, and money have abused and destroyed the fabric of our world. certainly the usa is not alone its destructive forces - yet it was with mixed feelings that i "celebrated" independence day. one very touching moment was when our church congregation sang this incredible hymn (audio here).
i hope that wherever you were yesterday, you were blessed with both joy and discomfort.