How Would You Prepare?

By Vera Entwistle, Forster Keys, New South Wales, Australia

…who executes justice for the oppressed; who gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets the prisoners free…  Psalm 146:7

A cartoon is called “Calvin and Hobbes.” Calvin marches into the living room early one morning. His mother is in her favorite chair, drinking coffee. She is amazed at how young Calvin is dressed.

A large space helmet encases Calvin’s head. He wears a long cape. In one hand he holds a flashlight and in the other a baseball bat. What’s wrong, his mother asks. “Nothing, so far,” says Calvin. “But you never know. Something could happen, and if anything does, I am going to be ready for it.”

As he leaves the room his mother says, “I think I need a suit like that.”

During the last few weeks our congregation has focused on personal meditation. I remembered Calvin, and I realized some days I feel I need an outfit like Calvin had.

Then today comes the news of some dear friends, church leaders in Nepal, who have gone into hiding. Their lives were threatened because of their faith. How would any of us prepare for a threat like that?

In times like these I am thankful for God’s love and assurance. I feel I need to sing a hymn by Frances Ridley Havergal: “I am trusting thee, to guide me, Thou alone shalt lead; every day and hour supplying all I may need.”

Prayer for Peace:

Comforting God, set free those who suffer for your cause. Assure us that your peaceable kingdom will prevail.

Spiritual Practice for the Week: Connecting with God as Center

Each day this week connect with God through journal writing. Use a notebook, journal, computer, or any available paper. Prayerfully center on your intent to open yourself to God’s presence and share what flows from your heart and mind.

Your “letter to God” might include thoughts, questions, feelings, needs, artwork, quotes, and scriptures, or it might take the form of a prayer, psalm, or poem. Try to write at least five minutes each day.

What do you experience? Is this an effective way to connect with God? What surprises you? What new images or questions from God emerge? What deepens or changes in your relationship with God, Christ, Spirit?

Peace Covenant:

Today, God, I will trust in you to set the prisoner free. I will do what I can to work for justice.

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