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Meditations for Lent 2009

Meditations for Lent 2009

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Peace€the international community developed the Millennium Development Goals (MD Gs) to halve the number of people living in extreme poverty by 2015. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger Achieve universal primary educ ation Promote gender equality and empower women Reduce child mortality Improve m aternal health Combat HIV / AIDS, malaria and other diseases Ensure environmenta l sustainability Foster a global partnership for development

Inspiration Fund for the MDGs - to promote health, fight disease, save lives. In 2007, the Fund of inspiration for the MDGs was initiated by Episcopal Relief€de velop a pilot project in Asia and promote health in Latin America and the Caribb ean. Episcopal Relief Agency€Our programs focus on the following areas:ΩΩΩΩ alleviate hunger and improve the delivery of food to create economic opportuniti es and strengthen communities promote health and combat disease responds when di sasters and rebuilding communities

All international development programs of Episcopal Relief€poverty and illness s
uffered daily by billions of people in Africa, Asia, Latin America and in our ow
n country. We nourish our compassion to commit to help heal this world in pain.
You can make a donation to the Inspiration Fund of the Millennium Development Go
als using the page at the end of this devotional booklet or the website of Episc
opal Relief€February 25
Very early, when it was still dark, Jesus got up, went outside and went to a sol
itary place, where he prayed.

Mark 1:35

Everyone needs time to be alone with God. Most days we are so busy that God or w e can talk. The time you spend in silent prayer multiplies the value of the rest of your time. It puts everything in perspective, helps you to see a larger pict ure of your life. You can distinguish between what is important and what is mere ly urgent. Even the most enthusiastic people in the world needs a quiet time wit h God. Nobody is going to give, so you have to take it for himself.

44Thursday, February 26
You know the way to go where I go.
John 14:4

No, I do not know! says Thomas. Their frustration is heard through the centuries . As always, we understand because we too want God to tell us the secret.€Give u s the information we need! The simple answer is that we know all we know. Thomas was already on the road. He had been in him since he met Jesus. Show us the way , please. I've done it, he says. The stillness of the walk with Christ is based on the love, walking together, without words because it really is not much to sa y.

5Friday, February 27

Also you must be ready, because the Son of Man will come when you least expect.
Luke 12:40
People who study the Scriptures usually takes this as a declaration of the end o

f the world, but it can be that Christ comes into your life today! Christ comes
into your life constantly, continually dwelling in every moment and every opport

unity. He is always ready to fill your time sense fortuitous. Many times we are so focused on preparing for an unknown future that we can not see Christ in our lives today.€We try to provide the future every day, living in happiness or horr or, being that the unique joys and sorrows that we really have are the ones we h ave now. When we do not neglect attention to the humble moments of our lives, an d we focus only on what we think is the only award, we lose the opportunity to e xamine those moments for the presence of Christ.

6Saturday, February 28

In the evening his disciples came to him and said: "This is a remote place and i t is getting late. Send the people away so they go to the villages and buy thems elves something to eat. "I do not have to go," said Jesus. You give them somethi ng to eat.

Matthew 14:15-16

Today, we begin to understand that there is no "away." Everything is everybody's problem. The dangers of living in poverty and war affect the lives of those liv ing in peace and abundance. Not only should we "do not send them away." The trut h is we can not.€Christian love is to value the lives of others as much as we va lue our own life. That is why the Millennium Development Goals were recognized b y the Church as an eloquent expression of the love of Christ to the world. The M DGs recognize that all humans are one, both rich and poor. We're all in this tog ether.

7Sunday, January March

The Presiding Bishop has declared the first Sunday of Lent as Episcopal Relief S unday€Is God present in the awful things too? Go to an impoverished community. A ll the compassion you see - all clinics, schools, tools, shared meal - everythin g is the physical manifestation of divine love. The Anglican Communion is worldw ide and that means that we have sisters and brothers in the land in these distre ssed areas. You can support this work by making a donation to Episcopal ReliefMa lita When he returned to Angola after years of civil war, his 3 year old son die d of malaria. Instead of having a celebration for having returned, she and her f amily mourned the loss that could easily be prevented. This prompted Malita to t ravel for hours with her mother's people Ondjiva to receive insecticide-treated nets distributed by the local partners of the Episcopal Relief Agency€Please joi n us in prayer and action for all susceptible children in Angola.

9Monday, March 2

Nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.

Luke 21:10-11

People who try to deduce when it will end the world is captivated by this passag e. Of course the world is always in the midst of chaos and war, as described by Jesus in Luke. The war, political turmoil, disease, disasters of nature - there has been a generation that has not had these things. This passage is often used to provide evidence of recent times, but it's exactly the opposite. It is an adv ice not to waste time trying to find the Messiah is hidden amid all the destruct ion, of not having to finish so carefully that they lose the opportunities they have now, before the end€to live a holy life and full of love in the world. Shar

e your love with the world.
Tuesday, March 3

So do not worry about tomorrow, which will worry about itself. Each day has enou
gh problems.
Matthew 6:34

Sure, we have to make plans. But planning and worry are not equal. Plan is to de velop strategies, and worry is to feel pain before they reach your life. Plannin g makes life easier. Worrying makes things more difficult. It paralyzes our thin king, captivating with the terrible things can happen and we think we can also s ee the new that it is happening. How do we stop worrying? Viewing our concerns a s a field of weeds, we gather. Then we leave to God. Do this every time you over whelm concern. Notes: You, holding the brush and leaving it to God.


Wednesday, March 4
But Jesus came and touched them.€"Get up," he said. Do not be afraid. When they
looked up, saw no one but Jesus.

Matthew 17:7-8

Jesus turns the table in heaven. He extends his hand to touch his fellow mortals . When it does, Moses and Elijah disappear and is only - mortal again, as his fr iends. It was time to leave. Not yet. There is a time for everything. Lent is a time to reflect and pray. Lent is a time to share their prayers and their love f or the needy.


Thursday, March 5
You can interpret the appearance of the earth and sky. How does not read the cur
rent time?

Luke 12:56

How do we know when it will rain? How do we know what we know? Largely because o f our experience. Jesus is not differentiating between earthly knowledge and spi ritual knowledge to their advantage;€is saying that we learn these things we thi nk are important and we continue in ignorance that we do not care. So where is t heir spirituality in their list of priorities? Have you spent more time trying t o learn more about their conversations with God?


Friday, March 6
Just then an expert in the law and to test Jesus, asked this question: "Teacher,
what I have to do to inherit eternal life? Jesus replied: - What is written in
the law? How do you interpret it? In response, the man quoted: - "Love the Lord
your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength a
nd with all your mind" and "Love your neighbor as yourself." "Well answered "Jes
us told him. Do that and live.

Luke 10:25-28
Many people think that faith includes believing right. It is not true. Faith is

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