Meditations and Prayers
Then he called his disciples and said to them, ‘Truly I tell you,
this poor widow has put in more than all those who are
contributing to the treasury.'
People may come to our communities because they want to
serve the poor; they will only stay once they have discovered
that they themselves are poor.
God, may all who serve the poor do so in humility. May our
service reveal our own poverty. And may we honor the
contribution of the poor widow just as we honor the gifts of
the wealthy. Amen.
On December 6, 2010, the Edwards' family announced that she
had stopped cancer treatment after her doctors advised her that
further treatment would be unproductive, the cancer having
metastasized to her liver. She had been advised she had several
weeks to live. Her family members, including her estranged
husband John, were with her. She posted her last message
"You all know that I have been sustained throughout my life
by three saving graces – my family, my friends, and a faith in the
power of resilience and hope. These graces have carried me
through difficult times and they have brought more joy to the
good times than I ever could have imagined. The days of our lives,
for all of us, are numbered. We know that. And, yes, there are
certainly times when we aren't able to muster as much strength
and patience as we would like. It's called being human.
But I have found that in the simple act of living with hope, and
in the daily effort to have a positive impact in the world, the days
I do have are made all the more meaningful and precious. And for
that I am grateful. It isn't possible to put into words the love and
gratitude I feel to everyone who has and continues to support
and inspire me every day. To you I simply say: you know."
Elizabeth Edwards died of metastatic breast cancer on
December 7, 2010, at home in Chapel Hill, surrounded by her
family and friends
Just as gold can’t become gold without going
through a difficult process, so, too, do our
challenges refine us and bring out the value
within us. Don’t be fooled by those who walk
around looking like gold. Many people look
good on the outside, but that doesn’t
necessarily mean that they are good. Most of
the best people in the world have gone through
hard times. They’ve gone through a refinement
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Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and
hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level,
and the rough places a plain. Then the glory of the Lord
shall be revealed, and all people shall see it together.
True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is
the presence of justice.
Martin Luther King Jr.
God, today we honor your prophet, Martin Luther King Jr.
May his legacy continue to inspire us not simply to the
absence of tension, but to the presence of justice. May
ground that is still uneven continue to be made level.
This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and
be glad in it. Psalm 118:24
"There's so much to be grateful for, words are poor things."
Loving God, your goodness is all around us. But sometimes
it seems overshadowed by pain, death, and suffering.
Assure us in times of doubt that you are the God of
resurrection. May our lips sing you praise, and may our
lives be a living sacrifice to you. Amen.
Peter opened his mouth and said: "Truly I understand that God
shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears Him
and does what is right is acceptable to Him." Acts 10:34-35
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I will give you as a covenant for the people, a light for
the nations, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring
out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison
those who sit in darkness. Isaiah 42:6-7
Voice of the day
The sea is the pitiless social darkness into which
the penal system casts those it has condemned,
an unfathomable waste of misery. The human soul,
lost in those depths, may become a corpse. Who
shall revive it? Victor Hugo
As we closed our doors this morning and walked
freely through the church door, other doors slammed
behind other people, and they do not know if or when
they will open again: doors in prison cells and torture
chambers; doors separating families, doors in labor
camp units. Let us ask Christ, who came to set all
people free, to enable us to experience his freedom
and to bring freedom to others. Amen.
We all come to the world with a purpose and
mission for our lives. But it’s not the size of the
mission that determines the greatness of the
person. Rather, it’s the size of the person that
determines the greatness of his or her mission.
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“Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing
is holy ground” (Exodus 3:5).
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The wolf shall live with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down
with the kid, and the calf and the lion and the fatling together,
and a little child shall lead them.
The social order we seek is not a utopia. It is a world where
political life is understood in terms of active participation by
the governors and the governed in the realization of the
Adolfo Pérez Esquivel
God, we yearn for the day you will govern this world. We
yearn for the day when the wolf shall live with the lamb, and
the governors shall work with the governed, and the little child
shall lead them. We pray you would sustain your people as
they seek this common good. Amen.