His family moved to Palestine ten years before Israel became a “state”. His lifetime literally spanned that of the nascent country, and over the course of his military and political career, he changed.
And one of the things Shimon Peres said was: It is easier to remember than it is to imagine.
The work of a leader is the work of imagination. Unlike John Lennon who imagined a world with no religion, Jesus imagined a world where heaven’s habits were in evidence on earth. Imagine – peace in the Middle East! Not so much just Israel and Palestine, but Syria and Turkey and Libya. Then again, imagine peace between police and African Americans in Baltimore, in Ferguson. Then again …
Imagine peace in our own community, and sufficient housing at an affordable rate. Imagine health care for all, regardless of one’s ability to pay. Imagine healthy food in sufficient quantities for the world’s children and peace of mind for the globe’s seniors.
Shimon Prees was right – it is a lot easier to remember some by-gone era that wasn’t nearly as good as we like to think it was than it is to work for the fulfillment that might be nothing more than the figment of some Christ’s imagination. But that’s exactly what we are supposed to do. So … today – let’s get to it!
A blessed Tuesday.