TUESDAY THE TWENTY-THIRD OF MAY, 2017
God of love,
turn our hearts to your ways;
and give us peace.
The Lord is my shepherd;
therefore can I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down
in green pastures
and leads me beside still waters.
He shall refresh my soul
and guide me in the
paths of righteousness
for his name's sake.
Though I walk through the valley
of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
You spread a table before me
in the presence of
those who trouble me;
you have anointed my head with oil
and my cup shall be full.
Surely goodness and loving mercy
shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house
of the Lord for ever.
Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever. Amen.
O God, our sovereign and shepherd,
who brought again your Son Jesus Christ
from the valley of death,
comfort us with your protecting presence
and your angels of goodness and love,
that we also may come home
and dwell with him in your house for ever.
MEDITATION by Tim Madsen
Trail of Tears
One of the hardest realities to reconcile with the myth of America as “the land of the free, the home of the brave,” was the passage of the Indian Removal Act of 1830. It passed by one vote, and allowed President Andrew Jackson to implement the removal of several tribes of native peoples from the east of the United States to lands further west, without regard to the feelings, traditions, or sacred space of these people. The Choctaw were the first to go, followed by the Seminole, the Creek, and the Chickasaw.
On this day in 1838 the forced removal of the Cherokee tribe began from Georgia to what would later become Oklahoma. The tribes suffered from exposure, starvation, and disease. It is estimated that over four thousand Cherokee people died along the way. Hence the name “Trail of Tears.”
The struggle to live faithfully to Christ is difficult in every generation. It is of vital importance that we remember such atrocities as this, so that we can be more careful about stumbling into others. The illegal immigrants of today are but the latest to be dehumanised by people in power. And they will surely not be the last.
Today pray for all victims of greed and thirst for power; pray for the First Peoples of the US and other nations; pray to be delivered from hypocrisy.
Scripture. In the twenty-first chapter of "Revelation," at the fourth verse we read:
“God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away”
... for peace in the world.
... for all victims of greed and thirst for power.
... for the first peoples of the United States and other nations.
... that we may be delivered from hypocrisy.
... for those who were killed and those who were injured in last night's terrorist attack in Manchester; for all who are still separated from their loved ones or unable to get home; for those who await news about a friend or family member; for a world in which it is safe for our children and young people to play and enjoy themselves.
... for those who have died and for those who mourn their passing.
... for those who are unwell and for those caring for them.
... for those, both close to us and far off, who we hold in our personal prayers.
... for ourselves.
THE LORD'S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.
From a homily on the "Gospel of Matthew" by an unknown patristic author:
We have seen how murder is born from anger and adultery from desire. In the same way, the hatred of an enemy is destroyed by the love of friendship. Suppose you have viewed a man as an enemy, yet after a while he has been swayed by your benevolence. You will then love him as a friend. I think that Christ ordered these things not so much for our enemies as for us, not because enemies are fit to be loved by others but because we are not fit to hate anyone. For hatred is the prodigy of dark places. Wherever it resides, it sullies the beauty of sound sense. Therefore not only does Christ order us to love our enemies for the sake of cherishing them but also for the sake of driving away from ourselves what is bad for us…. If you merely hate your enemy, you have hurt yourself more in the spirit than you have hurt him in the flesh. Perhaps you don’t harm him at all by hating him, but you surely tear yourself apart. If then you are benevolent to an enemy, you have rather spared yourself than him. And if you do him a kindness, you benefit yourself more than him.
O God, Great Spirit, many tears were shed by your people when they were forcibly removed from their ancestral lands and sacred spaces. We turn to you, who wipe away all tears, and we look with hope toward a future when the native peoples of the nations of the world and those who have come after them, may live together in peace with justice, mercy, and compassion as the hallmarks of our life together; through Jesus Christ, our saviour and lord. Amen.
May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.
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