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Archive for September 30th, 2021

Growth As Disciples

MEDITATION:

Written by Edward J. Farrell (1897-1993), pastor and author.  This is an excerpt from his book “Gathering the Fragments.”

We begin, sometimes without realizing it, to worship things, to relate to them as persons. And in the process, we inevitably relate to other persons as if they were things. No wonder Jesus spoke five times as often about money and earthly possessions as about prayer. And everywhere in scripture, we hear the warnings; money has power, wealth is addictive. Be careful, be on your guard…When God breaks in on a sufficiently prepared people, a new generosity emerges, one that is outgoing, joyous, spontaneous, and free. Growth in Christian discipleship manifests itself by compassion for the poor. A new stewardship unfolds, a stewardship that cares deeply for all of God’s created order, including the earth and its fullness—people, animals and things.

PRAYER:

Today’s prayer is Jonah’s prayer for Salvation (Jonah 2:2-9).

In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me. From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help, and you listened to my cry. You hurled me into the depths, into the very heart of the seas, and the currents swirled about me; all your waves and breakers swept over me. I said, ‘I have been banished from your sight; yet I will look again toward your holy temple.’ The engulfing waters threatened me, the deep surrounded me; seaweed was wrapped around my head. To the roots of the mountains I sank down; the earth beneath barred me in forever. But you, Lord my God, brought my life up from the pit. “When my life was ebbing away, I remembered you, Lord, and my prayer rose to you, to your holy temple. “Those who cling to worthless idols turn away from God’s love for them. But I, with shouts of grateful praise,  will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good.  I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord.” 

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