LENT, DAY 30, APRIL 3, THURS

REFLECTION:  STATION 9:  JESUS FALLS THE THIRD TIME – When a drought occurs in Malawi, farmers and their families may “fall” into hunger when crops dry up and die.  How many days has it been since it last rained?  GIVE 10 cents to your Rice Bowl for every day.

PRAYERS:  So Lot chose for himself the whole plain of the Jordan and set out toward the east.  The two men parted company.  Genesis 13:11

Parting ways, O Lord, is a painful endeavor.  Separation and seclusion from loved ones are among the many crosses I must carry.  Give me patience and perseverance when distance separates me from my family and friends.  Heavenly Father, make the time that we must be apart brief and our opportunities for reunion often.  Keep those whom I love safe and out of harm while they are away.  Above all, O God, fill my long-distance relationships with your loving kindness. Amen.

BUILDING COMMUNITY

They made a calf at Horeb and worshiped a cast image.  Psalm 106:19

My own personal life, the pains of that life are mostly related to expecting from people a love that only God can give.  I become more and more aware that if I make another person into  a god, I make myself into a demon.  LOVE ME, LOVE ME, I”M SO LONELY, I CANNOT DO WITHOUT YOU.  Before knowing, I grab at and I strangle the other person emotionally.  If we live in communion, we somewhere deeply know and trust that we are infinitely loved by a God who loved us first.  And I meet another person who also knows that he or she is infinitely loved by God, we can meet each other and form community, build a home and receive the fruits of our love with our children, friends or spiritual fruits like joy, peace, gentleness, kindness. by Henri J.M Nouwen “GOD’S ABIDING LOVE”

With your guidance, Almighty God, help me build up your kingdom on earth.

TWO DIFFERENT PRAYERS:  1- LONG DISTANCE RELATIONSHIPS AND THE LOVEING KINDNESS OF GOD

                                                    2-EXPECTING PERFECT LOVE FROM PEOPLE THAT ONLY GOD CAN GIVE.

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