Saturday, September 11, 2010
About a week ago I plotted a new route to work. One that would keep me off the busy main streets and allow me to meander down tree lined streets filled with lovely big homes with even bigger flower beds. I play my classical music on my trips to and from school.......... and have found my stress levels are greatly reduced.
I pass 2 big churches, two other schools, and one big synagogue. It is a relaxing enjoyable 10 minute trip now.
Thursday and Friday were the Jewish New Year's celebration. (Shana Tova to everyone who celebrated!!)
On Thursday morning though, I was shocked as I came up on the synagogue to find it surrounded by fierce looking security guards. I thought something had happened. As I stopped at the corner I surveyed the situation and realized that nothing had happened. Religious observers were still filing into the building smiling and nodding at the guards.
I am assuming these guards were there as a precaution.
What has this world come to that we need security guards to surround our places of worship??? When I was a young girl and attending church every Sunday I remember having a sense of peace and calm and security.
This week as I watched the small children with their families filing into synagogue I wondered if they would ever feel the same sense of peace and security and calmness from worship.
It made me very sad that we have come to this....... in a quiet peaceful neighbourhood - so far off the beaten track!!
I can not help but think the world has gone to hell in a hand basket. And people wonder why I do not read newspapers or listen to the news broadcasts !!
There is a black smear along the peaceful road I take now..... that all the classical music and all the sunshine and pretty flowers will never be able to erase.
Teach peace - but surround yourself with guns.
It makes me sad.