My daughter, having trouble letting go of a situation in her life, asked me to write about surrender. Surrender involves an acceptance of what is, rather than struggling against the tide. It means going with the flow of life and embracing it on its own terms. Surrender puts you in harmony with the universe and frees you of the false idea that you are in control. Surrender requires being open to where life takes you beyond limited expectations and outcomes.
Surrender releases your will to the greater will of God. Once years ago when my mother was still living, she flew up to see me for a visit. We had planned the perfect day of lunch and shopping.
Because of my auto-immune condition, this would be a rare treat for me. When the day arrived, I awakened but my body would not cooperate. I was used to this, but I had so looked forward to our time out together. I felt my body had betrayed me again, and I was heartbroken. I remember sitting together with my mom on my bed knowing I could barely walk around the house, much less through the mall.
Not the best idea, my tantrum just used up more precious energy! The source of all glory is acceptance of whatsoever the Lord hath bestowed and contentment with that which God hath ordained. From that point on, even though the game plan had changed, the day got better and better. With much luxurious time the two of us spent precious hours connecting, reminiscing and laughing.
We indulged in decadent treats. By chance we watched the perfect movie about a single mother which I was at the time finding her voice, strength and purpose. Though my body was weak it was no longer an issue, because I felt empowered and hopeful. I could never have imaged such a rich outcome at the beginning. There was nothing I could have hoped for that would have been better than that amazing afternoon. We both remembered this day as one of the most precious times we had ever spent together.
Of course, God knew what was best for me all along:. O Son of Spirit! Ask not of Me that which We desire not for thee, then be content with what We have ordained for thy sake, for this is that which profiteth thee, if therewith thou dost content thyself.
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My heart welled up with frustration and sadness. I tried to will it away and fight it head on. Then I remembered that day with my mother many years ago. It mattered not that Benedict didn't endorse this indictment or that the quote was marginal to his lecture. The Muslim reaction was swift and violent. Inflamed crowds took to the streets in many countries to protest the supposed defamation. In Gaza and the West Bank a number of churches were attacked, fired at, or set on fire; in Somalia gunmen shot dead an elderly Italian nun, while in Kashmir mobs burnt an effigy of the pontiff.
In Turkey, due to host in November Benedict's first visit to a Muslim country, the ruling party likened the pope to Hitler and Mussolini and accused him of reviving the mentality of the Crusades. Radical clerics have called, variously, for a "day of anger" or for worshipers to "hunt down" the pope and his followers, and an Iraqi militant group announced its intention to murder the pope. That these acts of violence make a mockery of protestations of Islam's tolerant spirit has been totally lost on the pope's critics.
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Not only did the Vatican issue a prompt apology in a desperate bid to defuse the unfolding crisis, but in the years since the terrorist attacks of September 11, , a vast cohort of Western apologists has consistently painted a surrealistic picture of Islam's political agenda. Depicting jihad as an inner quest for personal self-improvement, rather than the "holy war" claimed by countless Muslim dynasties and leaders throughout history, they dismissed the worldwide wave of Islamic terrorism as an excessive reaction by misguided fringe groups to America's arrogant and self-serving foreign policy.
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Once Muslim rule had been established in Spain, it was recognized that the empire could not expand indefinitely. This assertion couldn't be further from the truth. Not only was the conquest of Spain, some 2, miles from the Arabian homeland, a straightforward act of imperial expansion, it hardly satisfied Islam's territorial ambitions. No sooner had the Muslims established themselves in that country than they invaded France in strength. Had they not been contained in AD at the famous battle of Poitiers in west central France, they might well have swept deep into northern Europe.
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Unperturbed by this historical record, Ms. Armstrong is making a fresh attempt to validate the "Islam equals peace" thesis. In truth, Islam's actual meaning is submission and not peace, or to use Ms. In contrast to Ms. Armstrong's depiction of jihad as a benign struggle for self-improvement, the Qur'anic revelations during Muhammad's Medina years abound with verses extolling the virtues of fighting "in the path of Allah," as do the countless sayings and traditions hadith attributed to the prophet.
see Armstrong goes out of her way to whitewash Muhammad's extermination of the Jewish presence in Medina, especially the beheading of the entire to male population of the Qurayzah tribe. Muhammad might have had no ideological quarrel with "the Jewish people," but he was seething with anger at the Medina Jews, who had not only spurned his attempts to woo them into his incipient religion for example, by adopting a number of religious Jewish practices and rituals but had also become his fiercest critics.
Reflecting this outrage, both the Qur'an and later biographical traditions of the prophet abound with negative depictions of Jews. In these works they are portrayed as a deceitful, evil, and treacherous people who in their insatiable urge for domination would readily betray an ally and swindle a non-Jew.
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Armstrong emphatically concludes her book. I couldn't agree more. Provided of course this is done in good faith and without rewriting the historical truth, let alone violently suppressing critical minds and dissenting voices. Submission of reader comments is restricted to NY Sun sustaining members only. If you are not yet a member, please click here to join.
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If you are already a member, please log in here:. There is an adage that people in glass houses should not throw stones at others. Islam is a world religion followed by a fifth of humanity. From the UN member states at least 54, which is one quarter of the world nations - are Muslim States.
Islam is also a year old religion which has been followed by some of the greatest minds of mankind. But not withstanding let us look at the recent record of United States and Christianity.
Amongst the founding fathers of USA was George Washington, a man who killed defenceless Red Indian such as they were called prisoners of war -in cold blood in while serving as an officer- a war crime by any standards. In the late 40's it is the only country in the world and to date, the only country to have used nuclear weapons against two heavily civilian populated cities populated- when there was clearly no need since Japan was on the point of surrendering anyway.
After years of work with friend and producer Aaron Sprinkle, the band opted for change and along with Universal Republic, selected notable producer Neal Avron. The actual recording and production took place at multiple studios in Hollywood , California , under Avron throughout March and early April Finally they completed recording at The Boat Studio in Silver Lake , where the main focus was the vocals.
The band stated in a webchat session with AbsolutePunk. Now I kind of wish there was so that we could actually say that! The album's mysterious title has been explained multiple times by Anberlin's lyricist Christian. He has said the title explains people's need to give things up to change, "In everybody's life, there's something they know they have to give up There's something they have to change or take care of in their lives to progress to the next step.
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