Thursday, January 13, 2022

Ah, the wonders of the internet.  Last year when I was sitting at my son’s house in Connecticut going through emails, one of my granddaughters cried aloud, “Nana, how can you have 25,000 emails?” At first glance, it does seem impossible, but if you look at the junk emails that aren’t even in the spam folder, you’ll see why.


There are the interminable ads telling me how I could lose 50 lbs. in 28 days; then there are the life insurance and car insurance ads, not to mention, an email telling me I owe the U.S. government back taxes they promise to erase. How do they get my email address? And, to be truthful, I subscribe to all kinds of news organizations.


But the internet also tells us of the matters we should consider:  that a child is shot every hour in America and hundreds die, the terrible loss for women under Taliban rule in Afghanistan, and the destruction of the Arctic with global warming. Sometimes the information is overwhelming but opening us to a world beyond our own, calling us to work for the healing of the world.


Prayer for the Day


Hearing the words of the Baptizer calling us to repentance,  
  We ask, how are we to prepare for the coming of the One;
Turning aside from the demands that the world puts upon us,
   We ask if we can we refuse the call to heal our earth.
You, O Lord, who know our inmost thoughts and fears,
   Move us beyond our hesitancy to bring your kingdom to fruition
In the name of the One who calls us as healers,
   Even Christ Jesus our Lord, Amen.


Thoughts for the Day

We are now all connected by the internet, like neurons in some giant brain.
         - Stephen Hawking, scientist (1942-2018)


Nothing in life is to be feared; it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more so that we may fear less.
         - Marie Curie, scientist (1867-1934)


The beginning of wisdom is the most sincere desire for instruction,
   And concern for instruction is love of her, and love of her is keeping her laws,
And giving heed to her laws is assurance of immortality.,
   And immortality brings one nearer to God.
            Wisdom of Solomon 6: 17-19