Awareness

It doesn’t answer everything at all. It certainly helps.

I am not sure if this is taking place, though. The process is usually as follows – something happens and those who need to know that it’s happened find out that it’s happened. Once this registers properly there is a response in meeting with the nature of what has happened.

Step one is not a problem. Things are happening alright and they’re not always good. Yet for some really clever reasons those who need to know are either not knowing completely, or worse still are acknowledging what has happened but do not truly connect with the seriousness of what has happened.

This can happen when we’re distracted and misinformed. This can happen when over time we condition ourselves to prioritise things that blind us to things that matter. This can happen when we slowly become desensitised not just to the things that hurt us, but especially to the things that make us truly alive.

Raising awareness of our situations – a task I read a lot of in the role of the prophets in scripture – is something that takes bravery. The worse thing can be when we just don’t want to be made aware – we don’t want to acknowledge that something needs to be done. We don’t want to take responsibility for it. We prefer to moan and complain about it.

The need for awareness is as pressing now as it has ever been.

For His Name’s Sake

Shalom

C. L. J. Dryden

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