Seeking JusticeNew Every Morning | March 26, 2021
The key to God’s dream of justice is that no one will hurt or destroy anyone or anything—individuals, nations, and the earth itself. …When one group of people oppresses another group, God’s dream fades. When orphans are forced to rear themselves and their younger siblings because their parents have died in war or from HIV-AIDS, God’s dream suffers. When widows become the prey of those filled with greed, God’s dream disappears. God invites us to do good by seeking justice, rescuing the oppressed, defending the orphan, and pleading for the widow. God’s invitation is for the entire community and the nation.
—George Hovaness Donigian, A World Worth Saving: Lenten Spiritual Practices for Action (Upper Room Books, 2013)
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But let justice roll down like waters,
and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.
—Amos 5:24, 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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The homeless community some people say doesn’t exist but makes use of facilities and programs provided. Thankfully this program is expanding and more people will be helped. A foggy, overcast, and wet morning. Rain has taken a lot of snow away, mud season is upon us. Creeping along with my model, could be painting the underbody soon. Prayers for NEM family ‘s safety, health, well-being, income, and healing. May God’s wisdom be followed in Washington DC and those who have lost loved ones in more shootings be comforted. Prayers too for the countries where asylum seekers come from, for those on the journey, and those at the border. Humane treatment for all. May you all be blessed this Palm Sunday. Thank You, Lord.
There is so much injustice in the world today. I, too, pray that our leaders listen to those who have lost loved ones and not to the NRA lobbyists.
Prayers for Robert and I add my prayers to his well said prayers.
Prayers that God lead Ally to a job and that he continues to heal David and Lewis kitty.
Prayers that guide leads Jill to the ways she can engage all her students in the learning process.
Prayers for April and Lou and their families, may all be safe and well.
Prayers for all the UR posters, readers and administrators.
I have just finished reading the time of The Judges in Israel’s history. It seems to me that it is one war/fight after another and so different than the New Testament. God wants the 12 tribes to live in harmony. This last battle almost eliminated the tribe of Benjamin, but they found a way to bring them back in so there were still 12 tribes. How God’s dream was broken so often and so too today, may I be willing to step up to restore God’s dream.
Next month our pastor’s research group exploring multiculturism is set to begin and I am looking forward to listening and learning. I hope that with more information I will be able to relate to others in meaningful ways and build up God’s dream.
Blessing to all and your families as we approach Palm Sunday to begin Holy Week culminating in Easter Sunday….Hallaluah!!
The readings this week make me think of the Young Moms group – and I have pondered getting back involved. But – I am hesitant – as I feel like I need to devote my time and energy to my dad. Plus it is still very early in the “getting back to normal…or something like it”.
This week at school was very tiring. Next week – I only have students for 2 days, but I will be at school for 4 days. It will give me an opportunity to get ready for the days I will be out when I head to San Diego. I plan on doing absolutely no school work while in Florida, so I need to be prepped for me three days back after Spring Break, for my sub for 3 days after that, and for the week following that. No school work in San Diego either. So – lots of planning here in the next few days.
Dad is enjoying his time in Florida – the weather is spot on perfect. I took a peek at the forecast at the beach and looks very nice.
Lots of wind here this morning, multiple schools closed due to no electricity. I was grateful to not lose electricity at my home. Supposed to be mild again tomorrow. Looking forward to it.