World's on Fire: Bucket Brigade

The world is on fire. This is always the case. There are forever wars and rumors of war, famine and strife, brother turning against brother -- and sometimes all of them happen at once.

This week, with the floods, and the fires, and the political upheavals, my heart has been heavy. I've wanted alternately to act and to hide, to write checks and to dive under the blankets.

But the blankets are no place for revolution, and if you don't at least carry the water you have been given, the flames will never dissolve.

Every spiritual path calls us to extend love into the world -- to pass the plate, to spread out the bounty. If we miss this step....well, let's not find out what happens, shall we?

Today in the aftermath of floods in the American Midwest and fires in on the western shores; in the face on unspeakable horrors in Zimbabwe; in the unending reality of war in Iraq, we can take action. Our sisters and brothers are showing us the way. We can join them, each with our small effort, our cup of water, our metal bucket. Where they lead us, we can follow--and maybe instead of flames of destruction, we create the cleansing heat of love.

Jennifer at Cooking in the 'Cuse shows us how to turn a shovelful and feed a neighborhood.
Jen Lemen works on cows and small business in Africa.
Professor Kim is starting a conversation about creative solutions.
Monkfish Abbey reminds us two ways to pray, and how to remember.
Mike Todd give us shoes on the path to peace.
Bob Carlton points us to two celebrities who inspire us towards change.

Who is helping you figure out how to be a part of the bucket brigade today? Your recommendation in the comments could be the one thing that sparks someone's passion for change!

Rachelle Mee-Chapman blogs as Magpie Girl. She'll send you helpful things and updates if you follower her on Twitter.

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