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13th December 2017
How Are The Things You Buy Produced? Daily reading: 13 December How are the things you buy produced? Something to read ‘ Look, you serve your own interest on your fast-day, and oppress all your workers. Look, you fast only to quarrel and to fight and to strike with a wicked fist. Such fasting as you do today will not make your voice heard on high. Is such the fast that I choose, a day to humble oneself? Is it to bow down the head like a bulrush, and to lie in sackcloth and ashes? Will you call this a fast, a day acceptable to the Lord? ’ Isaiah 58, 3-5 New Revised Standard Version Click here to read the King James Version Something to think about It is all well and good to be a religious person, but if, while you pray/worship/take a holy-day, your day-to-day actions are harming others, your prayer/worship/holy-day is worthless. It is all well and good to pray for the poor, but if you go out and buy the cheapest clothes and food without sparing a thought for the working conditions and wages of those who produced the goods, then you, too, may be serving your own interest on your fast-day. Use your LOAF! When possible buy goods that are: ■Locally produced ■Organic, fairly traded and/or ■Animal Friendly. Yet even as fairly traded goods become more available in the shops, for some of us they can seem very expensive, especially in today’s economic climate. If your own circumstances mean that you cannot afford to always use your LOAF, offer a prayer for those who produced the goods and all those in the supply chain, that justice is served. Something to pray For pickers and packers, for ship hands and shop assistants, for growers and grocers, for farmers and fair traders, for all who bring our food from farm to fork, for all who bring our goods from raw materials to retailer, we give you thanks. Today's contributor is Mel Smith, a United Reformed Church minister who trained at Westminster College, Cambridge.

13th December 2017
'He Has Brought Down Princes From Their Thrones'

12th December 2017
Don't Hold Back, Act Now!

12th December 2017
'Elizabeth's Child Leaped Within Her'

11th December 2017
'You Answer Us With Awesome And Righteous Deeds'

11th December 2017
We Are All God's Children

11th December 2017
'I Am The Lord's Servant'

10th December 2017
Live Life Righteously

10th December 2017
God Offers Salvation To All

9th December 2017
'Be Kind And Compassionate To One Another'

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