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Learning to Walk 092513
Whatever I read in the Bible, I notice that it is a book that recorded the history of a people still connected to the land, the water of seas and rivers, the sky and the weather.
We don’t have that connection anymore, and sometimes our religion gets to be something like what the religion of a temple priest—so protected and separated from the elements, safe from hot and cold, rain and storm, wind and stifling stillness.
In such circumstances one begins to think of the world of humankind to be the only world, and we become haughty and arrogant. We forget with every breathe where all creation comes from and to where it soon will return.
In retreat or escape from the world therefore, we sometimes need to learn how to walk again, but not from crawling or scooting on the floor. We need to learn how to walk outside again and to walk around on earth. We need to get off the concrete and asphalt and walk on dirt and grass.
We;ll find the disciples and Jesus walking there as well perhaps.
Pray for peace,
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The Message (MSG)
A David Psalm
12 1-2 Quick, God, I need your helping hand!
The last decent person just went down,
All the friends I depended on gone.
Everyone talks in lie language;
Lies slide off their oily lips.
They doubletalk with forked tongues.
3-4 Slice their lips off their faces! Pull
The braggart tongues from their mouths!
I’m tired of hearing, “We can talk anyone into anything!
Our lips manage the world.”
5 Into the hovels of the poor,
Into the dark streets where the homeless groan, God speaks:
“I’ve had enough; I’m on my way
To heal the ache in the heart of the wretched.”
6-8 God’s words are pure words,
Pure silver words refined seven times
In the fires of his word-kiln,
Pure on earth as well as in heaven.
God, keep us safe from their lies,
From the wicked who stalk us with lies,
From the wicked who collect honors
For their wonderful lies.
The Message (MSG)
10 Wicked souls love to make trouble;
they feel nothing for friends and neighbors.
11 Simpletons only learn the hard way,
but the wise learn by listening.
12 A God-loyal person will see right through the wicked
and undo the evil they’ve planned.
13 If you stop your ears to the cries of the poor,
your cries will go unheard, unanswered.
14 A quietly given gift soothes an irritable person;
a heartfelt present cools a hot temper.
15 Good people celebrate when justice triumphs,
but for the workers of evil it’s a bad day.
16 Whoever wanders off the straight and narrow
ends up in a congregation of ghosts.
The Message (MSG)
45-47 With everybody listening, Jesus spoke to his disciples. “Watch out for the religion scholars. They love to walk around in academic gowns, preen in the radiance of public flattery, bask in prominent positions, sit at the head table at every church function. And all the time they are exploiting the weak and helpless. The longer their prayers, the worse they get. But they’ll pay for it in the end.”
21 1-4 Just then he looked up and saw the rich people dropping offerings in the collection plate. Then he saw a poor widow put in two pennies. He said, “The plain truth is that this widow has given by far the largest offering today. All these others made offerings that they’ll never miss; she gave extravagantly what she couldn’t afford—she gave her all!”
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