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what we truly need

And it still needs to be said in 2016.

These words by Bobby Kennedy we true when he spoke them in 1968.  Today, over 50 years later, they still resonate. Truth is a light that shines down through history undimmed by corrupt leaders espousing hatred and racism. What we really need in our country are true leaders willing to work for justice rather than enriching themselves and toeing the party line.

truth is where you find it

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Charles Bukowski. or Buk to his loyal fans such as myself, is one of this country’s best-known contemporary poets. Born in Germany, he was brought to the US when he was three. He died in 1994 at the age of 73. During his lifetime he published over 45 books of poetry and prose, many translated into over a dozen languages.

I have always been attracted to his raw and unvarnished content as well as his clear and direct style. This quote is a straightforward declaration on responsible living in today’s world. Although I am sure Bukowski didn’t intend it this way, the statement is truth.

In a world of hunger, the secret to happiness and fulfillment is not in our futile efforts to always acquire more. The answer lies in Bukowski’s words. There is deep truth in understanding that less is more.

 

what the world needs now…

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Success, at least to me, is like gun control. Success simply means you hit your target. You accomplish what you’re aiming to do.

And like gun control, success says nothing about aiming at the correct target. What is needed, desperately needed, according to the Dalai Lama, is better target acquisition. The world needs folks who want to have lives of true significance. That means people who choose to aim at the right target.

The Dali Lama’s list is a damned good place to start.

walking with the broken

How we walk with the broken speaks louder than how we sit with the great.

Actions speak louder than words. And some actions speak far louder than others.

Standing up for the oppressed, walking with the broken, running to help the hungry; all of these speak volumes. These are actions that offer eloquent testimony of a lifestyle of love and compassion.

Such actions also speak volumes about living for others, putting need before greed, and an deep understanding that we are all one global family. These are the actions that demonstrate God’s love in a broken world.

a prayer for the hungry hungry

A Prayer for the Hungry

O God, we pray now for the hungry— not the spiritually

hungry

not the emotionally hungry

not the psychologically hungry

(though they surely need our prayers)—

we pray now simply for the hungry hungry.

We know in the realm that Jesus showed us no one

goes hungry,

no one lacks daily bread.

In Your Realm,

those with food remember the hungry,

those with food share their food with the hungry,

those with food work on behalf of the hungry,

those with food weep for the hungry,

even if it makes them feel guilty.

God, we are grateful you never forget about the

hungry—

that you long for the hungry to be fed.

God, we are grateful you never forget about those who

aren’t hungry—

that you long for them to feed the hungry.

God, the hungry and unhungry stand as one before you;

loved with the same love,

both in need of you and each other.

God of the Hungry, so many are hungry.

Rescue your hungry children,

fill their stomachs with food

and their hearts with gladness,

so that they, too, might experience the luxury of dealing

only with their spiritual hunger,

their emotional hunger,

their psychological hunger.

Send your Spirit to the hungry hungry,

and to the unhungry,

until all feast with Jesus in the new age.

In the name of Jesus and the hungry hungry we pray.

a prayer by Steve Hammond

help us walk more lightly

Most gracious and loving Creator, how thankful we are this day for all your blessings. We confess that far too often we live in a way that doesn’t demonstrate our gratitude for your goodness and your mercy. We are not as good stewards of your perfectly created world as we would like to be. We are wasteful of the gifts you have given us and take the beauty that surrounds us for granted. Forgive us.

Help us to be better stewards of all you have entrusted into our care. Grant us the insight to understand how closely we are connected to each other and all living things, and then grant us the wisdom and the grace necessary to live accordingly. Help us to walk more lightly on the earth that sustains us, and help us to share the abundant resources to have given us with all those most in need. And in all our endeavors, both great and small, grant that all we do brings you both glory and praise. Amen