Prayer for Illumination
O God, you made of one blood all nations and, by a
star in the East, revealed to all peoples him whose name is Emmanuel.
Enable us who know your presence with us so to proclaim his
unsearchable riches that all may come to his light and bow before the
brightness of his rising, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy
Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.
Blessings and Curses, Luke 6:17-26,
I Believe in the
Resurrection, 1 Corinthians 15:12-20
by Rev. Randy L Quinn
Beattitudes: Matthew's Burbs and Luke's Warehouse, Luke
6:17-26 by Rev. Tom Hall
Less Traveled, Psalm 1, by Rev. Tom Hall
Luke 6:17-26, SueCan
A New Way of Seeing,
Jeremiah 17: 5-10, Sue in Cuba, KS
by Nail-Bender in NC
Law and Love,
Jeremiah 17:5-10, 1Corinthians 13:1-13, Luke 6:17-26
Blessings and Curses
Life is all about choices. Every day we are faced with hundreds of
choices, though most of them we make with little or no thought: What do
I want for lunch?, what will I wear?, will I work on schoolwork, a
sermon, go visiting or take the day off? Some choices are more important
than others: Will I have the surgery? Will I take the job? Should I
Some people make impressive choices. You may have heard of Miss
Oseola McCarty, a black woman from Mississippi who made a small living
by doing other people’s laundry. Miss McCarty scrimped and saved all her
life to provide a scholarship of $300,00 to the local black college just
because she wanted to help someone. That $300,00 wasn’t the largest gift
ever given, but it represented a lifetime of decisions to get by on less
so someone else could benefit.
Another impressive choice was made by a man named Aaron Reuerstein,
the owner of the Malden Mills factory in Lowell, Massachusetts. The
factory burned during the Christmas season of 1995, but Mr. Feuerstein
was concerned about his employees, so he continued to pay their salaries
and benefits while his new factory was being built, then put them back
to work. It was the right choice, too, as evidenced by a 25% improvement
in productivity and a 66% drop in quality defects!
Both of those choices were motivated by love, but Jesus said, “No
greater love has man than to lay down his life for his friends....
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