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Closing Prayer (traditional Navaho)
Before us it is blessed, behind us it is blessed
below us it is blessed, above us it is blessed,
around us it is blessed as we set out with Christ.
Our speech is blessed as we set out for God.
With beauty before us, with beauty behind us,
with beauty below us, with beauty above us,
with beauty around us, we set out for a holy place indeed.
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A HIGHER LOYALTY
Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
By Dr. David Rogne
parents were immigrants from Norway. For some reason my mother did
not apply for citizenship for many years. When she did do so, I was a
child of about eight. She went to citizenship classes and told me
that she would have to be able to answer certain questions put to her
by a judge. I was greatly distressed. "If you couldn't answer the
questions," I asked, "would they put you on a boat and send you back
to Norway?" She assured me that that wouldn't happen. My fears were
unnecessary. She passed the examination and became a citizen. I
asked her what she had to say as she became an American citizen. She
said that she had to openly declare her loyalty to the United States
of America, and if need be, to rise to its defense. Some of your
parents may have had to do the same. Perhaps some of you were
presented with that choice.
us, however, don't get the chance to choose our loyalties--at least
not our national ones--they are the result of the accident of birth.
As a consequence, our loyalties may be unexamined.
his ministry, Jesus challenged his hearers to examine their loyalties,
and if they found that what they were loyal to was unsatisfying, he
invited them to commit themselves to a higher loyalty
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