Sabbatical Day #2
As the day ends purpose seems to be coming into focus. God is directing us to deal with “family disorganization” and it’s community-level impact. Our perspective appears to rest on 1.) the extinction of men from family and community, 2.) the reasons for and degree of male absenteeism, 3.) how we program, articulate and respond positively to this negative trend and 4.) how we deal with the presence of a spiritual hole left in the lives of traumatized children, women, and communities. We will concentrate our efforts within neighborhoods engulfed by violence and criminal mentalities as well as peer groups overtaken by rampant underachievement as a way to define themselves in the face of anger, frustration and lack of self concept. Ultimately the misplaced resentment and dysfunction in one home becomes the reality for many homes in the community, as high concentrations of fatherless, men-less, mentor-less, guardian-less, resource-less, jobless and value-less residents watch their community’s social, economic and political net-worth bleed out and ignorance, violence, hopelessness and fear seep in.