Just lyfe (18 July 2019)

Morning Encounter:

Read: 

I, the Lord, hate and despise
your religious celebrations
    and your times of worship.
I won’t accept your offerings
or animal sacrifices—
    not even your very best.
No more of your noisy songs!
I won’t listen
    when you play your harps.
But let justice and fairness
flow like a river
    that never runs dry

(Amos 5.21-24)

Reflect:

These words from Amos remind us that God despises a life of worship when it also lacks justice. The social justice tradition has always been integral to the life of the church. Throughout history men and women have dedicated their lives to caring for the hungry, poor, the stranger and the sick. Think of the work of the Salvation Army, Compassion and World Vision amongst others today. We are also called to stand for justice, care for poor and treat all with love and compassion.

Respond:

Take a stand against injustice today. Pray as you listen to the news. Do something practical for someone who you know needs help and love today. Get involved and ask God to increase compassion in your life

Midday Meditation:

“While women weep, as they do now,
I'll fight
While little children go hungry, as they do now,
I'll fight
While men go to prison, in and out, in and out, as they do now,
I'll fight
While there is a drunkard left,
While there is a poor lost girl upon the streets,
While there remains one dark soul without the light of God,
I'll fight-I'll fight to the very end!”

(William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army)

Evening Reflection:

‘Watch, O Lord, with those who wake, or watch, or weep tonight and give your Angels and Saints charge over those who sleep. Tend your sick ones, O Lord Christ. Rest your weary ones, bless Your dying ones, soothe your suffering ones, pity your afflicted ones, shield your joyous ones, and all for your love's sake. Amen.’ 

(Saint Augustine)

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