Wednesday, June 17, 2009

It Isn't Easy Being Green

Welcome to Service – The Action Form of Love

I’ve been so caught up in work and in watching the incredibly sad drama in Iran lately, I completely forgot to write a blog post.

This issue has really moved me. I find myself staying up way past normal bedtime to check my twitter updates. I realize that I, an American citizen thousands of miles away, can’t do a whole lot to help. But, I feel the need to do what I can.

There was one twitter update that really choked me up. It was posted in the afternoon, USA time and read:

“My death is irrelevant. What is important is that you do not forget my words. We want freedom. I will die for that.”

Though I feel I can’t do much, I also feel that I have been caught up in a history-making event. Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, the news media – it all brings it so close. This isn’t the American Revolution. That’s in the history books. As one clever tweeter put it today, this revolution won’t be televised, it will be downloaded.

I’ve downloaded it into my heart – a heart that aches for the people of Iran who want freedom, who are willing to die for freedom.

This week, my heart is green.

I hope you’re caught up in what’s happening to a people who desperately want the basic freedoms that you want.

I hope your heart is green.

And that brings me to today’s challenge:

Today, do something to support our friends in Iran. Turn your Twitter or other social media site avatar green. Retweet a message from someone fighting for freedom. Watch the news. Get involved.

Pray for them.

That’s all there is to today’s challenge.

Thank you for reading today’s blog post. I appreciate you.

Service is The Action Form of Love



Mersedeh said...

I came across your blog entry by chance as I was going through the tweets on Iran and I must admit that I found it to be quite touching. It is heartwarming as an Iranian American to know that the injustice and struggle taking place in Iran is as disturbing and heartbreaking to Americans as it is to us. Iranians both inside Iran as well as in the Diaspora appreciate your support and compassion. Thank you for sharing.

James Hofheins said...

Thanks for your comment, Mersedeh. I will certainly appreciate Independence Day in America far more in the future. And I look forward with great hope that there will be an Independence Day in Iran.

But for now, for today, there are no borders.