WEDNESDAY THE TWENTY-THIRD OF MAY, 2018
Lord Jesus, as God's Spirit came down and rested upon you, may the same Spirit rest on us, bestowing her sevenfold gifts. First, grant us the gift of understanding, by which your precepts may enlighten our minds. Second, grant us counsel, by which we may follow in your footsteps on the path of righteousness. Third, grant us courage, by which we may ward off the enemy's attacks. Fourth, grant us knowledge, by which we can distinguish good from evil. Fifth, grant us piety, by which we may acquire compassionate hearts. Sixth, grant us fear, by which we may draw back from evil and submit to what is good. Seventh, grant us wisdom, that we may taste fully the life-giving sweetness of your love. Amen.
( Bonaventure )
Come, Holy Ghost, God and Lord; be all your graces now outpoured
on each believer’s mind and heart; your fervent love to them impart.
Lord, by the brightness of your light, you in the faith do men unite
of every land and every tongue; this to you praise, O Lord, our God, be sung.
Oh holy light, guide divine, do cause the word of life to shine!
Teach us to know our God aright and call him "Father" with delight.
From every error keep us free; let none but Christ our master be,
that we in living faith abide; in him, our Lord, with all our might confide.
Oh holy fire, comfort true, grant us the will your work to do
and in your service to abide; let trials turn us not aside.
Lord, by your power prepare each heart and to our weakness strength impart,
that bravely here we may contend, through life and death to you, our Lord, ascend.
( Martin Luther )
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 Eastern US 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.
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 US and other nations
... that we may delivered from hypocrisy.
... for shop workers facing redundancy due to changes in how goods are bought and sold.
... for those who have died recently 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 in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and for ever. Amen.
From "Miracles" by C. S. Lewis:
I mean by this "everythingism" the belief that "everything," or "the whole show," must be self-existent, must be more important than every particular thing and must contain all particular things in such a way that they cannot be really very different from one another; that they must be not merely "at one," but one. Thus the everythingist, if he starts from God, becomes a pantheist; there must be nothing that is not God. If he starts from nature he becomes a naturalist; there must be nothing that is not nature. He thinks that everything is in the long run "merely" a precursor or a development or a relic or an instance or a disguise, of everything else.
This philosophy I believe to be profoundly untrue. One of the moderns has said that reality is "incorrigibly plural." I think he is right. All things come from One. All things are related, related in different and complicated ways. But all things are not one. The word "everything" should mean simply the total (a total to be reached, if we knew enough, by enumeration) of all the things that exist at a given moment. It must not be given a mental capital letter; must not (under the influence of picture thinking) be turned into a sort of pool in which particular things sink or even a cake in which they are the currants. Real things are sharp and knobbly and complicated and different.
Everythingism is congenial to our minds because it is the natural philosophy of a totalitarian, mass-producing, conscripted age. That is why we must be perpetually on our guard against it.
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 our lands 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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