Day 9 + 40 Days of Mercy + + +

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There was once a prophet Micah, (as told about in the Hebrew scriptures), who had much to say to the political, religious, and business leaders in positions of power. He chastised them for their greed, corruption, dishonesty, oppression of the poor, and neglect for God’s ways.

Here’s just one bit of what he said:

“Alas for those who devise wickedness and evil deeds on their beds!
When the morning dawns, they perform it, because it is in their power.
They covet fields, and seize them; houses, and take them away;
they oppress householder and house, people and their inheritance. . .”
(Micah 2:1-2)

Then Micah challenges the leaders to return to God’s way
with these words that we often quote:

“He has told you, O mortal, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love mercy,
and to walk humbly with your God?”
(Micah 6:8)

“Justice” is about fairness and equality for all.
This “mercy” is about acting with loving kindness.
“Walking humbly” is in contrast to those who act
in arrogance without acknowledging God’s help.

Dear people ~
In this season of Lent + these 40 Days of Mercy,
may we seek to do what the Lord requires of us . . .
To balance our desire for justice with acts of mercy . . .

Let us pray for those in positions of power
that they may have compassion for the oppressed
and choose:

Grace over greed
Faith over fear
Love over hate

and walk humbly with our God of Grace.

Anna Lin +

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A Lenten Journey + 40 Days of Mercy + + +

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Dear Friends,

Tomorrow, as the season of Lent begins, I invite you to walk the path of Jesus with me + which is all love, compassion, and grace . . . .  40 Days of Mercy + + +

During Lent it is customary to give up something, as a sign of penitence.
Therefore, let us give up hatred, anger, meanness, gossip, bullying,
bitterness, arrogance and self-pity.

May we be empowered by the Spirit and filled with the Love of God
to heal ourselves and heal the world through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Lord, in your mercy, may it be so.

Anna Lin +

Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling
and slander, together with all malice, and be kind to one another,
forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.
Therefore, be imitators of God, as beloved children,
and live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us,
a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 4:31-32; 5:1-2

Love One Another

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When we love others, God’s love is complete. Today as I think about this it reminds me of an electrical circuit. From my days in shop class , eons ago, I remember-If the circuit is incomplete the light won’t come on. If we choose to not show God’s love to another, it’s like breaking the circuit. And the world and certainly the person are left not experiencing the light and love God intends for us all. The first “if” in this passage is probably best understood as “since.” Since God so loved us to make Christ known, we should love. The second “if” however is up to us. If we make love known, and we might or we might not, is how we might best hear this. If we make love known, God’s love is perfected, made complete. Abiding in us and flowing through us in that circuit. Sisters and brothers, keep that circuit of love open.
~Carolyn Hetrick

(Thank you to Carolyn Hetrick for this reflection, found on Facebook)

This Love Of Which I Speak ~ ~ ~

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This LOVE of which I speak . . .

. . . is patient and kind;
love does not envy or boast;
it is not arrogant or rude.
It does not insist on its own way;
it is not irritable or resentful;
it does not rejoice at wrongdoing,
but rejoices with the truth.
Love bears all things,
believes all things,
hopes all things,
endures all things.
Love never ends.

1 Corinthians 13: 4-8

Sending this LOVE to you today Anna Lin

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Morning Song

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Morning Song ~ ~ ~

Gracious God,

How wonderful it is to BE in your Presence ~
to worship you with Songs of Praise this morning.

I don’t have to DO anything ~
just BE in stillness ~ ~ in peaceful quiet of my soul.

I am filled with all Love and Wonder for this moment
in which we are ONE in the Spirit.

Your power flows through me to strengthen me
for this day ~ ~
~ ~ like streams of living water you restore my soul.

From here I go forth to heal the world ~ ~
through my very being ~ ~
as the temple of the divine you have created me
to be.

May it be so unto me.

~ Morning Prayers of Anna Lin

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Welcome February

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Ah, February ~ ~ the month of flowers and hearts and Valentines and
LOVE. What the world needs now is LOVE.
In the midst of these challenging times, I would love to see
everyone  send out at least one message every day
full of love and good will to all people. I’m in!
Sending my love to you this day
~ Anna Lin

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