August 8

Reflection

        “If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.”
Mark 3:22

It is increasingly obvious that this country is rapidly dividing itself into camps of distrust, division, instability, and subliminal rage. Sadly, it also seems that we are becoming conditioned to senseless violence. Meanwhile, rather than address the issues, this country is being crippled with petty partisan politics. Why do organizations whose values ultimately enable violence have such power over elected officials? Can money buy integrity so easily? As the divisions widen and the hate speech intensifies, do we wonder why we accept this deterioration so quietly? Why are those who spew hate and ignorance given public prominence? Where are those who remind us of who we are? As a nation, when we see senseless violence killing our citizens where is our outrage? Where is our unity of purpose? Why are we still so stuck in our old prejudices? ”If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.” How far must things go before we acknowledge what is happening?

Prayer

Give us the wisdom and courage to act for unity and peace.

Action

Look back and trace all the incidents of violence that have happened in the past several years. Think of the incidents labeled as “hate crimes”. What can you do in your conversations, your attitudes, and with your vote to work toward a more healthy nation?

Suggested Readings

The Lord tests the righteous, but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence.
Psalm 11:5

One individual can begin a movement that turns the tide of history. Martin Luther King in the civil rights movement, Mohandas Gandhi in India, Nelson Mandela in South Africa are examples of people standing up with courage and non-violence to bring about needed changes.’
Jack Canfield

Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.
Thomas A. Edison

 At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

 Non-violence requires a double faith, faith in God and also faith in man.
Mahatma Gandhi

 What is magnificent about humans is when they decide to turn and stand. If they respond with non-violence on principle and hold their ground, they are really magnificent.
James Cromwell

 Save your skin from the corrosive acids from the mouths of toxic people. Someone who just helped you to speak evil about another person can later help another person to speak evil about you.
Israelmore Ayivor

 

Nations have come under the control of haters and fools.
Carroll O’Connor

 If a country is to be corruption free and become a nation of beautiful minds, I strongly feel there are three key societal members who can make a difference. They are the father, the mother and the teacher.
P. J. Abdul Kalam 

It is not the young people that degenerate; they are not spoiled till those of mature age are already sunk into corruption.
Charles de Montesquieu

 

 

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Advent Candle Lighting

Advent Candle Lighting

Join with Christians around the world in the prayerful ritual of lighting the Advent wreath.

Prayer

A Child came for all of us and because of that Child
We believe that love is stronger than fear,
Peace more enduring than hate
And that darkness will never extinguish the light
We are people of hope.

(Light the first candle)

Today we light the candle of peace.
Let us pray for the peace of Christ
which is the fullness of blessing for all.
For this peace we dare to hope.

(Second candle is lit)

We light the candle of love.
For God so loved the world, that a Child was given;
a Savior in the form of love incarnate.
As we light these candles of hope, peace and love,
Let us give thanks for God’s enduring love.

(Light the third candle)

 

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