Monday, December 12, 2011

The Need of the People Next Door

"You have made us for yourself, and our hearts are rest-less till they find their rest in you."
 --Augustine of Hippo, Confessions 1.1.1


We believe every person, including all of the "Faces Next Door" (see here and here) who we are attempting to minister among during our time in South Asia, are seeking to calm their souls' restlessness by clinging to their religious traditions.

Yet visiting the holiest site on the "holy" Ganga River a few weeks ago, we saw no hope, but only sadness.

Besides a lot of trash on the ground, we saw remnants from the worship of Kali and Shiva...


Remnants of the cremations of loved ones, whose ashes are distributed in this holy river...


A priest maintaining the shrine (to us it just looked like a small room with no furniture where incense was burned) to one of the gods...


The idea of worship we saw while visiting this site was totally foreign to us. We saw a lot of tradition and a lot of devotion, but little hope...

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