Friday, February 26, 2021

We’re just almost finishing up the first week of Lent, and we are beginning to wonder how much more can we repent – and change.  It doesn’t seem like there’s so much to repent, that is, until we start thinking about it.  I mean, none of us are murderers, or people we would consider evil.

So we wonder how we are going to get through the next few weeks – actually four until we hit Palm/Pasion Sunday. Twenty-eight days.  Is there enough to repent to fill twenty-eight days?

Lent plays a sideshow to Easter.  Already the “Made in China” Easter decorations are out.  How utterly offensive.  A godless society making Easter decorations for our consumption, probably with slave labor of Uighurs or Tibetans. That’s certainly one thing to repent and change.

Prayer for the Day

Patient God, we confess our love is not what we would hope,

     Focused on our own needs, the needs of others dim in our eyes

Transform our lives so we hear the world around us,

     And help us respond to those who need us.

Open our hearts to your love and our ears to your word

     In the name of him who came to show us your way,

            Even Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.


Thoughts for the Day

It doesn’t take a genius to pump up the GNP of a developing country by burning down rain forests, using slave labor and social repression to keep things in place.

                                   - Hazel Henderson, economist, founder of Ethical Markets

Those who deny freedom to others deserve t not for themselves.

                                    - Abraham Lincoln, President (1809-1865)

I will make justice the line, and righteousness the plummet;

  Hail will sweep away the refuge of lies, and waters will overwhelm the shelter.

Then your covenant with death will be annulled,

   and your agreement with Sheol will not stand,

         when the overwhelming scourge passes through.

                                     Isaiah 28: 17-18