REFLECTIONS: READ PSALM 82 “Defend the lowly and fatherless; render justice to the afflicted and needy.” Education helps fight poverty, but many of the poor stay in school for 3 years or less. How many years have you gone to school? Give 25cents to your RICE BOWL for each year
PRAYERS; “The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it”. Genesis 2:15
This land upon which I live has been entrusted to my care. Lord of Creation. My actions, whether positive or negative, leave an indelible mark on the land and have a lasting impact on my neighbors. Let me not shirk any of my responsibilities. Even when it is inconvenient, O Lord, remind me or the crosses I am to carry for my community. Show me then, Lord, how to live in your creation without ruining it for any of my neighbors. Amen (Question: do I use any pesticides on my plants that harm the environment, flow in to the stream? Can I use natural products an accomplish the same thing??? Do I plant GMO seeds? or do I buy seeds that are original, as God made them? I just read that Organic Milk is much better for us because of the type and amount of fat content? Do I try to use healthy foods?)
BUILDING A HOME: Your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever..2 Samuel 7:16
Community is not loneliness grabbing onto loneliness: “I’m so lonely; you’re so lonely. Please stay awhile!” Grabbing too easily becomes grasping, and grasping may quickly turn into suffocating closeness. No, community is solitude greeting solitude: “I am the beloved; you are the beloved. Together we can build a home.” Sometimes we are close to each other, and that’s wonderful. sometimes we don’t feel much love, and that’s hard. But we can be faithful. We can build a home together and create space for God and for the children of God.
DEAR JESUS, TAKE ME INTO YOUR HOME.