NINE DAYS FOR LIFE-CHRISTIAN UNITY
Sirach, Chapter 22, Verse 18
Small stones lying on an open height will not remain when the wind blows; So a timid mind based on foolish plans cannot stand up to fear of any kind.
The wind is often used as a representation of the Holy Spirit in the bible. I wonder if this verse expresses the trinity of love which compels us to protect life and preserve the liberty to pursue the will of the Father in our lives.
I praise the word of God; I trust in God, I do not fear. What can mere flesh do to me?
“A timid mind is apt to mistake every scratch for a mortal wound.” George Gordon Byron
BIBLICAL REFLECTIONS AND PRAYERS FOR THE EIGHT DAYS:
Your Right Hand, O Lord, Glorious in Power
The Israelites’ memory of being strangers in the land of Egypt lay behind the Law’s instruction that God’s people were to welcome the stranger in their midst. The memory of their own exile was expected to prompt empathy and solidarity with contemporary exiles and strangers. Like Israel, our common Christian experience of God’s saving action goes together with remembering both alienation and estrangement - in the sense of estrangement from God and from his kingdom. This kind of Christian remembering has ethical implications. God has restored our dignity in Christ, and made us citizens of his kingdom, not because of anything we did to deserve it but by his own free gift in love. We are called to do likewise, freely and motivated by love. Christian love is to love like the Father, that is to recognize dignity and to give dignity, and thereby to help bring healing to the broken human family.
· First Principle: People have the right to migrate to sustain their lives and the lives of their families.
· Second Principle: A country has the right to regulate its borders and to control immigration.
· Third Principle: A country must regulate its borders with justice and mercy.
· Please pray for me and this ministry
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