Meditations and Prayers
t has always amazed me that Jesus, the King of kings,
humbled Himself and came to earth to be our suffering
Servant. He was not born in the palace of the kings.
Indeed, He could have ordered the angels of heaven to
come and prepare a grand building, which could be
substituted for the Bethlehem stable and manger.
When King Herod tried to have the Savior murdered,
Jesus could have transported Himself, Mary, and Joseph
to a place of safety. He could have commandeered a
chariot of fire like Elijah's. He could have ordered the
sands of the desert to blind and confuse the soldiers,
or He might have simply struck down anyone who
As the Savior hung on the cross, He had the power to
switch places with those who had put Him there. Being
God's Son, Jesus could have done many things to make
His life on earth easier. He could have done those things,
but He didn't. Instead, He chose to live His life in poverty
Had I been in His place I would have used all my authority
to save myself from the attack of my enemies. If I had
been Jesus, I would have performed a miracle to frighten
my enemies and force them to keep their distance.
But Jesus didn't do any of those things. Instead, He
humbled himself even unto death. Jesus gave up all earthly
glory and allowed Himself to be taken by His persecutors
Paul helps us understand in His epistle to the Philippians.
There He says, "Your attitude should be the same as that
of Christ Jesus. ... (He) took on the nature of a servant. ...
As a man He humbled Himself and became obedient unto
death, even death on the cross" (See Philippians 5:5-8).
Now, because Jesus, true Man and true God has fulfilled
the Commandments for us, has defeated temptations for
us, and conquered death for us, all who believe on Him as
Savior are washed, cleansed, forgiven and saved. Now all
that is left for His people to do is follow their Lord in humility.
Lord Jesus, we thank You for the humble and sacrificial
work You did for us. Help us to be humble in our daily
contacts with others. This we ask so souls might be won
for Your kingdom. In Your Name. Amen.
(Lutheran Hour Ministries)
With Congress failing to enact immigration reform,
attention and pressure is now focused on what
President Obama can do to address our broken
immigration system. In June, the president
announced, “I’m beginning a new effort to fix as
much of our immigration system as I can on my
own, without Congress.”
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Deuteronomy 15:10New Living Translation (NLT)
10 Give generously to the poor, not grudgingly, for
the Lord your God will bless you in everything you do.
For the choir director: A psalm of David.
1 Oh, the joys of those who are kind to the poor!
The Lord rescues them when they are in trouble.
Proverbs 14:21New Living Translation (NLT)
21 It is a sin to belittle one’s neighbor;
blessed are those who help the poor.
Luke 6:20 New Living Translation (NLT)
20 Then Jesus turned to his disciples and said,
“God blesses you who are poor,
for the Kingdom of God is yours.
2 Corinthians 9:9New Living Translation (NLT)
9 As the Scriptures say,
“They share freely and give generously to the poor.
Their good deeds will be remembered forever.”
In an experiment, people volunteered to dress up as
homeless individuals. Then, they were placed where
an unknowing family member typically passed by.
Cameras were set up to capture what would happen
when family members walked past their closest
relatives dressed in a pauper’s clothing.
In all cases, the unsuspecting relatives walked right
by. Later, experimenters showed these relatives what
the cameras had captured, only this time the faces
of the homeless were shown. The relatives were
stunned when they realized who exactly it was that
they had passed.
While we are naturally drawn to those who are
outwardly similar to us, we have to learn to bond with
the similarities that reside within. Every one of us was
created in the image of God. We are all brothers and
sisters at our core. Don’t be fooled by the outer shell.
Love every person for who they are within. Don’t walk
by the homeless or the nameless. Each one is our
brother, our sister, our friend. We dare not pass them
DON'T WALK BY!
May god bless all of us and open our minds and hearts
so that we can help each other; regardless of who they
are; remember blessing has no color; god bless us all.
when some one cries for help dont look the other way;
we are all god;s people; you may be in a good position
today but you never know what tomorrow brings; always
remember that god is our keeper.
Prayer For The Poor By Mother Theresa
Make us worthy, Lord, to serve those people throughout
the world who live and die in poverty and hunger. Give
them through our hands, this day, their daily bread, and
by our understanding love, give them peace and Joy. Amen
Romans 13:9-10 (NLT)
9 For the commandments say, “You must not commit
adultery. You must not murder. You must not steal.
You must not covet.”These—and other such
commandments—are summed up in this one
commandment: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
10 Love does no wrong to others, so love fulfills the
requirements of God’s law.
Like every other high school senior, Courtney Barich
dreamt of her prom night. She would wear a magnificent
dress and dance the night away like Cinderella. However,
as Courtney searched for a gown, something in her changed.
Courtney had found the perfect dress with a $700 price tag
that was within her budget. The store asked Courtney to
return the next day for alterations. On the way home,
Courtney couldn’t help but feel wrong about spending so
much money on a dress that she would wear for one evening.
As she second-guessed her choice to her mom, Courtney’s
mom replied, “You’d look good in anything, even a potato sack.”
That off-the-cuff remark set off a light bulb in Courtney’s head.
In a few months, Courtney was headed to the Philippines on a
school mission to help out a poor orphanage in need. Courtney
pledged to wear a burlap potato sack to prom if she could raise
$10,000 for the orphanage. On prom night, she made good on
her promise and wore a burlap dress fashioned by a designer
who donated her time to help Courtney out. As her other friends
displayed glitzy and glamorous gowns, Courtney glowed with
the joy of knowing that she had made a positive difference in the
lives of those in need.
It’s true — none of us can fix everything, but all of us can do
something. Just as Courtney did, with a little creativity and
determination, we, too, can make a significant impact on the
lives of our brothers and sisters in need. Remember, if God shows
us a problem, we must ask how we can help. How might you
contribute to God’s purposes today?
(Reflection section by Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein)
"You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God"
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As a human being I speak out and pray because we are
all one. Regardless of our differences, whether they be
ethnically, religiously, or politically, we are all in this
together and the loss of life saddens me, especially that
of innocent women and children. Too often have we
sought to protect the abusers instead of standing up and
fighting for the victims.
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War is always ugly. The loss of innocent lives is never
easy to swallow. And yet, as tanks open fire on the
humble homes of the Gazan poor and rockets rain
down on a terrified Israeli populace we are compelled
to ask, “How do we keep coming back to this profane
and violent place called war?” Why do we consistently
and continually fail to understand the simple principles
of our own faith and the faiths of those who profess a
belief in God?
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“What are we looking at in life?”
We can only be thankful for the things that we notice.
If we are always focused on what’s wrong with our lives,
we’ll miss out on everything that is right. On the other
hand, the more that we look at, focus on, and appreciate
the good in our lives, the more we will enjoy it and be
grateful for our lives.
Today, take the time to really notice and appreciate what
is good in your life. Try making a list, or better yet, keep
a journal of your blessings. Then, thank God for all He
has given to you!
The nation’s attention has been focused on the humanitarian
crisis unfolding at the southern border. Vulnerable children
and their families are fleeing harm and violence in Central
America, voluntarily turning themselves in to border patrol
agents in the hopes of finding safety and shelter in the United
States. While politicians have spent countless hours on TV
debating the issue and assigning blame, nobody is offering
any solutions that offer help to the “widows and orphans in
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(Jesus said) "Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and
I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for
I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls."
When many of our relatives immigrated to this country, as their boat
passed into New York Harbor, they saw the statue designed by
Frederic Bartholdi. Originally called, "Liberty Enlightening the World,
" it has become better known as the "Statue of Liberty."
While the statue itself was a present from the people of France, the
folks of the U.S. had to come up with the funds for the base to the
giant piece of art. To help in that cause, a small book of collected
writings, including a poem by Emma Lazarus, was put on the market.
The book and Lazarus were soon forgotten.
After Lazarus' death, her poem was rediscovered and all 14 lines of
that poem were carved out and placed at the statue's entrance. In
case you have never heard all of them, they read,
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame,
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
May I tell you that those words changed the purpose of the Statue
You see, Bartholdi had originally thought of the statue giving
encouragement to the people of the Old World who were fighting
oppression. But Lazarus' words changed that. Rather than providing
assistance to folks who were living in Europe, it gave hope to those
who were leaving that continent.
In short, the Statue of Liberty had been transfigured; that is, it had
been given a new and nobler purpose.
This weekend many churches are celebrating Transfiguration Sunday.
It is right that we remember how the Lord acknowledged His only
Son who was living His life to save the souls of lost sinners. Read the
Gospels and you will soon discover that when people thought of Jesus,
they generally thought of Him only in human terms. He was a Prophet,
a Teacher, a Samaritan, a Sinner.
But Jesus' transfiguration tells us that while Jesus is true Man, He is
also true God. For us He was doing that which only God could do. By
that I mean Jesus lived His life sinless and successfully resistant to
all temptation. But more than that, He actually shouldered the sins of
the entire world and carried those sins to the cross where He died in
His glorious resurrection three days later says His work had been
completed, and all who believe on Him as Savior are forgiven of the
past and given an eternal home in heaven.
Paraphrasing the last lines of Lazarus' poem, the living Lord Jesus
says, "Give Me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning
for forgiveness free, the doomed refuse of your teeming shores. I call
these the once-lost sinners to Me, for My blood alone opens heavens
Dear Lord Jesus, true Man and God, Your life was lived for my eternal
salvation. May the faith I have been given create a transfiguration in
my life. This I ask in Your Name. Amen.
Pastor KlausIn Christ I remain His servant and yours,
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker Emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries