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This is a post from Aaron –

February 25, 2009

It’s 8pm and I’m exhausted.

My six month old boy finally stopped crying and fell asleep….

I’ve been in meetings and on the phone all day trying to convince people they should come to the Mobilization to End Poverty.

I’m now on the phone again with a friend from West Virginia trying to communicate the urgency of the times and hoping he will bring a group with him in April.

I’m beginning to wonder, is all this organizing worth it? Is what I’m doing making a difference? Is it really worth it to keep working late?

As I doubt myself, I see police lights and cars begin to get detoured down our little street.

I grab my coat and stroll to the corner to see what is happening.

My wife Amy had just received the following email from the neighborhood police blog:

“At about 1800 hours a group of males became involved in a fight at Georgia Avenue and Gresham Street, N.W.  One of the subjects sustained wounds that needed urgent medical care.  The victim was transported to an area hospital where he died as a result of his injuries.”

I was standing in the middle of a murder scene 30 steps from my house. Police tape is everywhere and few people are on the scene now. There is an eerie silence.

Tears begin to fill my eyes as I began to pray fervently. I didn’t know what to pray but I felt that I was in the midst of a deep spiritual struggle.

I began to scream inside: Someone just got murdered! A life was just stolen prematurely. DOES ANYONE CARE?????? Did anyone other than the cops notice?

I sit down on the curb as the police lights continue to flash around me. I’m living in the richest country in the world. I’m two miles north of the Capitol and two miles north of the White House… two of the most powerful institutions in the world. Our Sojourners offices are just down the road in the same neighborhood.

This murder happened in the midst of such wealth, power, and faith.

But nobody seems to care. This kind of stuff has become acceptable. It’s become normal for teenagers to get murdered and for no one to care.

There are so many institutions set up in DC whose mission is to help prevent kids like this from being murdered: the schools, the family, the courts, the police, the faith community, the president, the congress, the mayor, and social services…yet somehow we all failed.

I’m convinced now more than ever that we won’t end poverty or end the violence on our streets unless and until we get a breakthrough from Heaven.

Yes, Congress and the new Administration have important roles to play and we will all press them hard come April at the Mobilization to fulfill their promises to cut poverty in half.

But even more so I believe we need to come to Washington this April to pray. As it says in 2 Chronicles 7:14:

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

Lord hear our prayers.

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Here are some great pictures from the last few weeks. Elijah’s personality is shining through more and more.

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Elijah ready for a day out on the town. Thanks for the hat Jamie, I love it!

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Elijah and his daddy dressed in their comfy sweats!

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Elijah sporting his Thundering Herd outfit. We’ll see if he bleeds green like his mommy.

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Cutie little boy. The bumbo seat is the best invention ever!! Elijah feels like such a big boy sitting in it.

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What a sweet little face! This is one of his favorite toys…it makes lots of noise!! 🙂

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Lent

When I was in seminary I became more in tune with the church calendar (something my evangelical upbringing didn’t really teach me). So, my first semester in seminary I practiced Lent. I gave up chocolate, which I found to be quite a challenge, however, I found myself just replacing chocolate with other things….like vanilla cupcakes! Not really the best practice. Over the years I have given negative stuff up and added positive stuff for Lent. This year I am doing both at the same time.

Many of you know that I have struggled with Fibromyalgia for over 13 years now. Some days I hurt more than other days, but I typically always have pain somewhere in my body. A friend of mine, who also has Fibro, told me about a nutritional cleanse that she is currently doing and she, along with others, have found a lot of relief from their Fibro pain using this cleanse.

It is called Isagenix and it is often used for weight loss, but I am going to do the 30-day nutritional cleanse to see if my Fibro symptoms will diminish or possibly go away! Losing a few pounds wouldn’t be a terrible thing, but that’s certainly not my purpose. I am most excited about the possibility to get rid of some pain. I decided to start it during Lent because I felt like I would need the spiritual stamina to help give me the discipline necessary to complete the cleanse.

Since the cleanse is only 30 days, then I will fill the final days of Lent with a continuation of healthy eating coupled with TONS of water! I pray that God would do a miracle in my body and that I would experience some healing.

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Kathie Lee and Hoda have a Facebook page…and I became one of their facebook friends. On Tuesday I uploaded my favorite picture of Elijah onto their page and on Wednesday morning, he made his debut. Out of 13,000 pictures, Elijah was chosen. How cool is that? He’s right at the beginning of the video and Hoda mentions his name. Here’s the link to the video. Just cut and paste the link and you can see Elijah’s Today Show debut:

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/26184891/vp/18424824#28995853

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