Merry Christmas & moving closer to reform!

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From: John Murtari (
Date: Fri Dec 25 2009 - 12:36:14 EST

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Good People & People of Faith,

I'd like to extend to everyone my best wishes for a very Merry
Christmas and a Happy Holiday Season!

Many of us won't see our kids this Christmas and may not even be able
to contact them (and wow can that be depressing!). In some cases our
'ex' has gone out of their way to make arranging a schedule difficult
or impossible (enough to make anyone mad).

Thats how we "feel" -- and in the words of a great counselor, when
asked by someone how they were suppose to feel about something -- "you
are suppose to feel, the way you feel."

But as people of FAITH, let us harness those feelings for good. They
may be old cliches, but remember to "turn the other cheek", and "two
wrongs don't make a right." As people of HOPE, let us truly celebrate
Christmas (the season of hope) and bring joy to whoever is around us.

Hanging on to Hatred?
There is some truth that sometimes you have to let go of hatred before
you can be effective for change.  Here is an old time reading from a
book of Wisdom.  Even if we don't believe, does it ring true?  Can we
still think of an 'ex', social worker, or judge -- as neighbor?

Sirach 27:30
Wrath and anger are hateful things,
but the sinner hugs them tight.
The vengeful will suffer the Lord's vengeance
for he remembers their sins in detail.

Forgive your neighbor's injustice;
then when you pray, your own sins will be forgiven.

Could anyone nourish anger against another
and expect healing from the Lord?
Could anyone refuse mercy to another like himself,
can he seek pardon for his own sins?
If one who is but flesh cherishes wrath,
who will forgive your sins?

Remember your last days, set enmity aside;
remember death and decay, and cease from sin!
Think of the commandments, hate not your neighbor;
remember the Most High's covenant, and overlook faults.

I'll celebrate this Christmas with so much passion and focus and joy.
Just the ability to be with my child and friends and family!  Why?
Because by the middle of January I'll most likely be sitting in a jail
cell -- not sure of when I'm getting out.  Why? Because I plan to take
some chalk and write about "FAMILY RIGHTS"

Reform is within our grasp. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to

A prayer for Family Rights (worth repeating)
Almighty and ever-living God, hear our prayer for justice. Give us the
courage and Faith we need to meet the challenges of reform.  Help all
people recognize the rights of parents to be secure and treated
equally in their ability to love their children.  Inspire us to follow
your example of divine love not only for our children, but for all our
brothers and sisters.  Amen.

                                       John Murtari
Coordinator                            AKidsRight.Org
jmurtari@AKidsRight.Org         A Kid's Right to BOTH parents"
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