Oct 1- 2 (Wednesday - Thursday) are public holidays in Hong Kong. During this time we, along with our students at LTS, are learning about the Church and its engagement with democracy, as prayers are lifted up for students, society, government, police.
|Arrival to Hong Kong Island by Star Ferry on Monday night.|
|Wayne took this photo Wed night, Oct 1, impressed to see even|
children and young families engaged with this peaceful protest
On the one hand, Wayne and I find ourselves wondering if the world has ever in its history seen such a peaceful way of protesting. We've followed the reports and also seen first hand how food and water is being distributed, contingency plans are in place to help any first aid or emergency vehicles to get through the crowds - protest signs and speeches seem remarkably polite and positive. I found myself behind this guy on Monday night -- fanning not only himself but reaching out to fan other demonstrators and bystanders, including me!
|A moment later he fanned me - a welcome second of relief|
in the Hong Kong heat.
|water bottles ready for distribution in heat indexes reaching over 100 F.|
Wherever you are ithe world, we invite you to say a prayer for beautiful Hong Kong and all of God's beloved people here - students, Occupy Central demonstrators, government, police, and especially the leaders and emerging leaders in Hong Kong and Mainland China.
May God have mercy to allow this peaceful witness to continue - some how - into a peaceful resolution.
As Wayne is a Reinhold Niebuhr fan, he suggests one of his favorite Niebuhr prayers:
"O God, in whom there is no darkness at all, we thank you that though we walk in darkness, you have give us enough light in which to walk. As the sun dispels each morning the shadows of the night, so your mercies,which surround us, pierce the shadows of sin ever again, and help us to see the meaning of life. Give us grace to triumph over the confusion of impulse, in which we are so easily ensnared, and to walk in the way of wisdom disclosed by your wisdom. Grant us clearness of vision especially when good is intertwined with evil, and duty conflicts with desire, so that we do your will this day and always. Amen"