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Psalm 19:1-6 September 8, 2015

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I love the first line of this psalm as it is so easy to understand how the “heavens proclaim” God’s glory. Look up at the sky, day or night, and tell me you’re not struck by the beauty and awesomeness of the clouds, stars,and colors that appear! God’s creative power is unending.

So if the natural world can so eloquently proclaim God’s glory, why can’t we humans do the same? We tend to be either overbearing (have you been saved? . . . ),  judgemental (our group knows the Truth . . .) or so desirous of not offending anyone, we barely admit how we feel about our LORD and saving grace. I tend toward that last one, telling myself that my “good works” will speak for themselves. But there has to be some kind of faith sharing, otherwise we would be like friends who for some reason are ashamed to admit a relationship. The “heavens” do it right:

There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard;  yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.

Actions speak louder than words, but words are still required.

Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23 September 1, 2015

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Interesting list of proverbs the lectionary lists for today:

God made us all, rich and poor, so wealth or lack of it should not be how we judge others. (Even though we shouldn’t judge anyone anyway!)

We should share what we have and be generous, avoiding unjust acts.

Don’t take advantage of the poor or weak because God “pleads their cause” (and “despoils of life” those who mess with those plaintiffs!)

Who does the LORD want us to be? Someone who doesn’t judge others but tries to help them? Sure, of course. Attitude counts big in the why and how. Do we help because it’s our job? Yes, of course. But what does the LORD require of us in our heart and soul? What about our “sins of omission”, all those times and ways we ignore, forget, avert our eyes?

What does the LORD require of us? Elaine Eberhart, this week’s devotion writer, writes

We rob the poor in these small individual ways, but together our harm is much greater. We rob the poor when we allow check-cashing businesses to thrive in poor neighborhoods, charging exorbitant fees to cash paychecks. We rob from the poor when we cannot find ways to connect the working poor with traditional financial services so they aren’t victimized by an industry that makes their economic progress impossible. We rob the poor when we build subsidized housing over sites of former chemical businesses. Giving cans of food is important, but we are called to address those who despoil the lives of our brothers and sisters. Advocacy in areas of public policy can seem overwhelming, but perhaps it is the avenue of the most help. What if our only choice was to live with our children in the apartment over the chemical dump?

Advocacy and personal relationships continue to be the correct avenue, but it’s hard. We often do things we don’t like or find difficult at our jobs. Maybe remembering our job under God’s supervision will be what we need to remember when we ponder these proverbs.