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He cares

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7

Not being able to run has been wearing me out. Over the past couple weeks, I have been in a mood swing from normal to grumpy, angry, and depressed, with a burst of energy inside me having nowhere to escape. Fortunately, I’ve found my long-lost best friend, the swimming pool. There I channel my physical energy and acquire a quietness of mind.

Yesterday at Julia’s Coffee, I found this card with the scripture: “Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7). I thought of my injury immediate and was comforted by the fact that He cares. But as I went home and read the context, I realized there were much more. The verse preceded it says, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at proper time he may exalt you” (1 Peter 5:6). Peter was speaking to shepherding fl…

Lifeboat ethics and reflection

Reading The Pig That Wants To Be Eaten, a book of thought experiments illustrating philosophical and ethical problems, I found this lifeboat metaphor that goes something like this:

You are one of the 10 on a lifeboat that holds 15, fully equipped with food and resources. Since the rescue mission is already one its way and expects to reach your lifeboat within 24 hours, the captain of the lifeboat (if there is such a thing) suggests that all of you can just relax, and take your portion of supplies, or even a little more if necessary. While everyone is nodding in agreement, you see some distance away there are people still in the water waiting to get on a lifeboat. A good person that you are, you raise your hand and asked: “Why don’t we paddle over there and save a couple more people on our boat?” Some seem to be offended by your suggestion and look to the Captain. The Captain in his infinite wisdom replies, “Well, it is not our fault that they have not been rescued, nor is it our fault …