Meditations of the Heart (Thurman) Section 2 Day 6

Who Am I It’s an age old question…Who Am I options

What’s the criteria to identifying ourselves?  Do we “locate” based on events, persons in our lives, conditions and situations in our lives?  

Thurman says “Religion is most helpful in developing in the individual a sense of personal responsibility for one’s actions and thus aiding the process of self-fulfillment. We have a responsibility to our Maker, which only we can claim for ourselves, no one else can do that for us.  If we step up to this challenge, then we are left with no alibis, no excuses.”  In other words, no whining…

“So,” he says, “don’t seek refuge in excuses but live with ever-increasing vigor and experience.”

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Sabeel Wave of Prayer Oct. 9, 2014

Sabeel Wave of Prayer

October 9, 2014

God of grace, we lift our gratitude for Sweden’s announcement that it intends to recognize the state of Palestine. Currently 138 countries, representing over 80 percent of the world’s population, recognize the state of Palestine and its right to self-determination.  Lord, we pray that more countries will follow suit and invest in a lasting peace that is so long overdue in this land.  Lord in your mercy…

Lord, last week Israel announced its plan to move forward with the construction of 2,610 new housing units in an illegal Jewish settlement in Beit Safafa in East Jerusalem.  If this plan is implemented, it would further isolate East Jerusalem from Bethlehem, continuing to fragment what is left of historic Palestine, and making a future two-state solution even more difficult to achieve.   Lord in your mercy…

As country representatives travel to Egypt later this week for an international donors’ conference on reconstructing the Gaza Strip, we raise our concerns to you about the ongoing suffering in Gaza.  So many people are unable to rebuild their homes due to Israel’s chronic blockade and its serious restrictions on the import of building materials into Gaza so urgently needed for massive reconstruction.  Lord in your mercy…

We pray this week for the Swedish and French group visits to Sabeel Nazareth and our upcoming youth olive picking event in the village of Kafr Ad-dik where a significant portion of land has been lost to illegal Jewish settlements.  Lord in your mercy…

We pray alongside the World Council of Churches for the countries of Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Lord in your mercy…