Unexpected Shelter

Two earthquakes in Mexico in two weeks time: 30 million people felt the earth shake. Where to run? Who can help?

 

World Vision, an international Christian ministry to the world’s poorest people, for one. World Vision workers already in Mexico stepped up.

 

 

“World Vision is working in 12 shelters in Mexico City — providing food and medicine to children and their families. So far, we have also distributed approximately 3 tons of food, 500 pieces of tools, and two electric generators to support rescue efforts. In addition, we are operating two Child-Friendly Spaces and have plans to open another five. World Vision is working with a team of volunteers that include six doctors and 20 psychologists who are providing medical attention and emotional support to children injured or traumatized by the earthquake.”
Read more about the earthquake and World vision here.

Lord, we pray for all the Christian workers in Mexico (and Texas and Florida) who unexpectedly find themselves coordinating safe shelter. Grant them safety, patience, wisdom and energy. May they be your hands and feet in these needy places. Amen.

 

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Grace and Mercy, From and To

Lord, grant me grace to embrace the best from those who have gone before me and mercy to forgive the worst.

And may those who come after me grant that same grace and mercy onto me.

 

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Building a Legacy

 

1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NLT)
So encourage each other
and build each other up.

 

I want my grandchildren to remember me for who I built up, not what I tore down.

 

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A Simple Rule

 

Do unto your forefathers
as you would have your
grandchildren do onto you.
(based on Luke 6:31)

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Lesson from a Founding Father

Are we looking to learn the right lessons?

 

“We should not look back
  unless it is to derive useful
  lessons from past errors.”
George Washington

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Founding Failings

 

Lately, some of our founding fathers are being written off because of their failings. What do you think?

 

  • It’s only fair
  • Give ’em a break
  • I need to think on that

I’ve been thinking . . .

How many protesters are living up to the high ideals they’ve set for those who went before them?

John 8:7 (NLT)
Let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!

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Safe Shelter for Vets

Veterans need safe shelter. Think about it . . .

While the rest of us watch HGTV from our comfortable couches, military personnel serve in some very unsafe places. When their tour of duty is done, they come home. To what?

 

Some come home with special needs, physical and emotional. Some can’t find space they can afford. Habitat for Humanity’s Veterans Build program focuses on safe, decent, affordable housing. What a worthy cause.

Lord God, we pray for our vets who need safe shelter–physical and emotional. Meet that need for a comfortable home–a place without fear, a place filled with hope. Amen.

 

 

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Best Defense

“From war’s alarms, from deadly pestilence,
  be Thy strong arm our ever sure defense.”
Daniel C. Roberts
God of Our Fathers, Whose Almighty Hand, 1876
(written for a Vermont Centennial celebration)

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God’s Outstretched Hand

 

Psalm 33:12
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.

 

 

God’s protective hand stands between his nation and disaster.

What happens to that protective hand when the people decided that they don’t want him to be their God?

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Simply Changed

Prayer changes things.

Prayer changes the storm.

Prayer changes me.

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