Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Tom Fox and Living in the Power

I don't really have much to say today, but I feel the need to post something regarding Tom Fox.

His actions and faithfulness strike a deep chord within me. It is this kind of faithfulness to which we are all called, though we are all led in different directions.

It seems that part of Tom's message is that we are not to plead with the captors, not to be angry with them, but to love them.

From a recent article in the Washington Post: Don't pay ransom for his return, he wrote in an October 2004 e-mail, and reject the use of violence in trying to win his freedom. Don't "vilify" the abductors, he said, but instead "try to understand the motives of their actions."

Peace is not possible without such unconditional love, without such Grace. Uncontrolled anger and hate lead to objectification, one no longer sees the other as human and can then find it easier to kill the other. When one sees another as truly human, I believe it's nearly impossible to do them such harm.

Peace is not about whether one is pro-war or anti-war, it's more about being faithful. It's about living in the Power that takes away the occassion for all war. By being deeply faithful and following his leading to be a CPT in Iraq, Tom has been putting this into practice; he has been living in that Power.

We are all called to live in that Power.

Love and Light,
Claire

2 Comments:

Blogger sehen said...

Living "in the virtue of that life and power that took away the occasion of all wars" will lead us to find out what sort of world we live in and what occasions of war our lives continuously produce. Or our elected governments. We are not free from responsibility, if we don't have the "alternatives" to "choose" from, or when our neighbors vote wrong...
To live in the Power means change, renewal, the turn. And conflict, tears
- and laughter. To Wait in the Light. But Quaker Waiting and Quaker Stillness as never been passive.
Have a de-lightful day

7/12/05 11:04 AM  
Blogger sehen said...

And another one, because I had to look GF's quote up.
Here are two really interesting sites, one where we can find some context for old famous Quaker citation:
http://qbible2.home.att.net/
and here a different type of contextual perspective:
http://www.universalistfriends.org/boulton.html

I find the word 'lust' quite striking in the quote. I think, today he might say "indulgence" or "self-indulgence." Which leads me back to mindlessness. At that time it was probably a powerful bible quote.

Yes, peace is not about whether one is pro-war or anti-war - there is certainly nothing of an alternative there.

And yes, part of Tom's message is that we are not to plead with the captors, not to be angry with them, but to love them - or help eachother to live in te Power. We are all in the same boat. We have to live together in this world and have to look eachother in our faces.

This is regrettably not what many of the comments on the petition spots reflect - way too much pleading. Way too much, you shouldn't and not these guys. No, there is simply something better today and that is to co-operate and to go through the necessary conflicts - with love.

7/12/05 1:25 PM  

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