It's one thing to read about such suffering in the paper, to see it on the TV news; it's something else to hear about it from a friend who has been there. The effect is to make the experience more real: no longer abstract Horror, hypothetical Evil, nor the stylized, cynical bleakness of so many journalistic accounts. And in that reality, along with the suffering and despair, there is always hope.
Wherever he is, in the western suburbs of Chicago or halfway around the globe, Arne runs, 50 miles a week and more. I think for him running is a spiritual discipline as well as a physical one. But to do justice to what he has witnessed, to cry out in pain and confusion and praise, Arne picks up his guitar and starts to play. He may sing a Dylan tune, or a contemporary hymn, or a song he's written himself. He's accumulated enough of the latter to release a CD, his first: Benediction. ...1
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