Tuesday, 9 October 2007

Petition for Burma

You'll see below a message about signing a petition in support of the Burmese peaceful uprising. About ten years ago I was involved in a Methodist young people's campaign for Burma, which got me interested in the plight of the country.

In 1990 the military junta held elections, overwhelmingly lost, but decided to hold on to power and put the lady who should be Prime Minister under house arrest. Two weeks ago Aung San Suu Kyi appeared in public for the first time in four years. You can read more below, or why not read the wikipedia entry on Burma? (But remember to sign the petition!)

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Hi, have you heard about the crisis in Burma?

Burma is ruled by one of the worst military dictatorships in the world. Last month Buddhist monks and nuns began marching and chanting prayers to call for democracy. The protests spread and hundreds of thousands of Burmese people joined in -- but they've been brutally attacked by the military regime.

I just signed a petition calling on Burma's powerful ally China and the UN security council to step in and pressure Burma's rulers to stop the killing. The petition has exploded to over 500,000 signatures in a few days and is being advertised in newspapers around the world, delivered to the UN Security Council, and broadcast to the Burmese people by radio. We're trying to get to 1 million signatures this week, please sign below and tell everyone!

http://www.avaaz.org/en/stand_with_burma/tf.php?CLICK_TF_TRACK

Thank you so much for your help!

Wednesday, 3 October 2007

Nobody knows

I had the privilege of hearing Anthony Brown sing today in College - a fine voice, a fine man. He sang "Nobody knows the trouble I've seen"; a song I first randomly encountered in a parody of Star Wars, the name of which I can't quite remember at the moment!

But there's something about the words and the simple melody that resonate with me:
Nobody knows the trouble I've seen,
Nobody knows my sorrow.
Nobody knows the trouble I've seen -
Glory Hallelujah!

I was thinking the other day that for once I can truly identify with a piece of scripture, in this case Psalm 40. It's a Psalm I've preached on, but it also struck a chord with me years before when Ian White sang his version of it.

There is no doubt that Kathryn and I have been through some hard stuff in our time, but we can truly say that God has lifted us out of it and put a hymn of praise to God in our mouths. Nobody knows the trouble we've seen - or at least very few - but God's word of hope has pulled us through. This is the message of Immanuel, God with us.

Glory Hallelujah!