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Week 1

 

 

Wednesday, February 25

 

Read:  Deuteronomy 24:19  When you harvest your grain and forget a sheaf back in the field, don't go back and get it; leave it for the foreigner, the orphan, and the widow so that GOD, your God, will bless you in all your work.

 

Consider:  For God, the widow and the orphan are always paramount, always a central place in our claims of love.  Almost 19% of our children and youth live in poverty, not in some far away place, but right here.  What does that mean in your life?

 

Pray:  For the 19 % of children and youth who live in poverty in some states. 

 

Action:  Make a gift of 19 cents, one penny for each percentage point of children and youth living in poverty

 

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Thursday, February 26

 

Read:  Deuteronomy 8:9  It's a land where you'll never go hungry--always food on the table and a roof over your head. It's a land where you'll get iron out of rocks and mine copper from the hills.

 

Consider:  Most of us have never known what it is to be really hungry.  Most of us will not get wet when it rains, will not be chilled when it is cold, and will be fairly secure in our ability to garner the resources we need to survive and thrive.  Yet, there are many among us who will not.  What will be your response for them? 

 

Pray:  For Jose, whose lunch at school is the only food he gets all day.

 

Action:  Make a gift of 5 cents, 1 penny for each day that many of our children only have access to one meal each day in school.

 

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Friday, February 27

 

Read:  Isaiah 10:1-3  Doom to you who legislate evil, who make laws that make victims-- Laws that make misery for the poor, that rob my destitute people of dignity, Exploiting defenseless widows, taking advantage of homeless children. What will you have to say on Judgment Day, when Doomsday arrives out of the blue? Who will you get to help you? What good will your money do you?

 

Consider :  We live in a world where the weak among us suffer the most.  As people of God, we are a community who live out of a history of concern for the most vulnerable.  We worship a God who equates justice with compassion and mercy.  God is always concerned when social systems aren’t well structured to care for the least.  Are we?  How might we demonstrate such concern?

 

Pray:  For 73 year old Anne, who must choose often between buying medicine and buying food.

 

Action:  Give seven nickels, 35 cents, one for each decade of Anne’s life, so that together, we might bear her burden. 

 

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Saturday, February 28

 

Read:  Leviticus 19:10  Don't strip your vineyard bare or go back and pick up the fallen grapes. Leave them for the poor and the foreigner. I am GOD, your God.

 

Consider :  To share one’s resource with the least, this is one measure of our walk with God.  God offers God’s abundance, not so that we can claim it for ourselves, but so that we might know the joy of sharing with one another.  Who have you shared with today? 

 

Pray:  For Henry and Sally who never have a chance to eat pizza, because it costs too much. 

 

Action:  Offer a gift of twenty cents, a dime each for Henry and Sally.  It is only a dime, but for them, it might mean that tomorrow they will eat. 

 

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