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An Advent Prayer

In this Advent of expectation
draw us together in unity,
that our praise and worship
might echo in these walls
and also through our lives.
In this Advent of expectation
draw us together in mission,
that the hope within
might be the song we sing,
and the melody of our lives.
In this Advent of expectation
draw us together in service,
that the path we follow
might lead us from a stable
to a glimpse of eternity.
Amen

holy curiosity

Michio Kaku Quotes | Einstein_quote_slide.010

Einstein is right on. A holy curiosity helps keep one’s life and one’s problems in perspective. And that is a good thing.

The Bible says we are fearfully and wonderfully made. Having a  holy curiosity allows us to find true joy in the mysteries of the glorious creation of which we are but a small part.

prayer for insight

Most merciful and compassionate God, we give thanks for another night of rest and day of beauty. You have kept us in safety throughout the night and have again gifted us with a day full of opportunity. 

Today we pray for deeper understanding for those in need. Help us see through the differences and see the commonality that binds us together as your children. Help us see through the filth and get beyond the stink of hunger and homelessness to see the pure beauty of those you love with a love that extends into eternity.

Grant us sympathy that becomes empathy as we reach out to those waiting to be loved, those hungry for more than food, and those withering from the lack of a caring touch.

Today, may we see through the eyes of your son. May our every action reflect the love which daily sustains us. And may we have the insight to see the Christ in the face of every person we might meet. – AMEN

our hell will be far worse

War is hell. I know. I have experienced it.

Hunger is hell. I know. I have seen it

I have seen war and I have seen hunger. Nothing can adequately prepare you for either.

Experiencing the violence of combat is terrifying.

Seeing a starving child is terrifying. Seeing the parents of a starving child is even more terrifying.

I know. I have held far too many malnourished and starving children in my arms…Over the past 35 years I have learned that basic humanity demands more than platitudes for the hungry. Morality demands more than compassion. Morality demands action.

I have watched children so hungry here in the US they’ve torn into a 50 lb. bag of potatoes, stuffing raw potatoes into their mouths, gnawing through the dirt to put something in their bellies.

I have watched elderly women, mothers & grandmothers kneel in the frozen Afghanistan mud to pick up individual grains of wheat fallen from bags of relief food.

I have talked with 14 & 15 year old commercial sex workers in Zambia who prostitute themselves so they can eat. When I asked about the threat of HIV/AIDS their answer was as direct as it was chilling:

“If I get AIDS I know I will die, but it will be 3 or 4 years. If I have no food I will starve very quickly.”

I have watched grieving mothers holding their malnourished infants too weak to save. The pain in their eyes will follow me to my grave.

Hunger is hell. And we allow it to exist. If there is any justice in the world our hell will be far worse and for eternity.