God’s DreamNew Every Morning | March 27, 2021
Life today is far from God’s dream for the world. We know that much in the world is not just or righteous or morally good. Systems of oppression weigh heavily on people, and corruption brings pain. Justice comes in seeing what is wrong in these systems and actively working to change them. Justice comes when we feed the hungry and act to change food distribution systems. Justice flows when we choose to stand with and for the voiceless and the disenfranchised. Justice demonstrates our care for God’s world.
—George Hovaness Donigian, A World Worth Saving: Lenten Spiritual Practices for Action (Upper Room Books, 2013)
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Learn to do good;
rescue the oppressed,
defend the orphan,
plead for the widow.
—Isaiah 1:17, NRSV
Prayer for the Week
I believe the world you created is worth saving. Give me the courage and strength and the desire to act in big and little ways to make your justice and love real on earth. Amen.
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Have4 said it before, but will say it again, being the first to post leaves a lot to be desired. Thankfully I can and do go to previous days to catch up on that’s happened, happening.
Safe trips to San Diego and FL for Jill, continued healing for Julie’s leg, a good result from her legal struggle, safety at home, Marcy is always on my mind as well as seemingly distant Mary in Singapore, Ally & David’s health and job concerns, hopeful Lou will have children home around Easter, peace, well-being, and God’s blessing to everyone, Hosanna! Tomorrow is Palm Sunday.
Thank You, Lord.
I can recognize injustice and marginalization when it is in my presence and not perpetuate the acts or thoughts. I realized this morning that in all of the discussions this week and in the world at large, little is mentioned of the oppression of women. The shooting in Georgia were not just of Asians but of women.
Prayers for Robert, and I feel your pain regarding the initial poster as that status fell to me when you were unable to post.
Prayers for a job for Ally and healing for David, Lewis kitty and Rachel.
Prayers for April and her continued reading of the Bible and learning anew the stories therein.
Prayers for Jill and Larry, may Larry continue to enjoy his visit to Florida and Jill similarly enjoy her trips to Florida and San Diego.
Prayers for Marcy, may she continue to improve physically and emotionally.
Prayers for Lou and her children, may the be together soon.
Prayers for UR readers, posters, and administrators.
Good morning, all. David and I got our first vaccine dose yesterday. He’s feeling pretty good. I’ve had pain at injection site and chills and fever. Some fatigue as well. Please lift up our concerns and know yours are in our hearts as well. Navy’s zoom meeting tomorrow with some other local ladies to discuss how we can help combat voter suppression here in Georgia. Much in our hearts too is the Asian-American community and all who have been treated with less than dignity and respect. Especially lift up my friend’s little boy who is scheduled for complicated heart surgery. He is very ill and in ICU. He has fever of 104 and O2 says of 80s on high flow nasal cannula. Prayers relief from pain, peace and comfort for his parents blessings to all.
Being attentive to needs around me – and not turning away, not making an excuse, but being part of the solution. Intentionality has been near the forefront of my mind – it is a mindset that is the opposite of auto-pilot. I do feel that asking God to place people and scenarios before me which I can assist is part of being intentional. Of course, following through is necessary. Obedience.
Lovely, uncommon March weather – a blessing on the weekend. To be outdoors, without a mask. My friend and I ordered in pizza and had a relaxing afternoon with her dogs. She is fully vaccinated now and we talked about when we will feel comfortable returning to a local restaurant that has wonderful fried perch – one of our favorite spots. I told mom and dad about it – and I would venture it could be the spot dad and I first return to when we decide to eat out again.
Did lots of little miscellaneous tasks this morning – thinking about packing for both trips. Seems crazy and maybe even a little overboard to be doing both of these trips, with just 3 days home in between. Roger will not be impressed. But, trying to embrace the differentness of the two trips and how both will be a blessing following this long time of isolation. And both will be in absolute fabulous climates. Have done no school work today – so tomorrow will be full of it following church and delivering the food for the funeral meal.