13th April 2018

Daily Reading: 13 April

(from www.christianaid.org.uk)

 

“Who will bring us prosperity?”

 

Something to read

 

Many, Lord, are asking, “Who will bring us prosperity?” Let the light of your face shine on us. Fill my heart with joy when their grain and new wine abound.

Psalm 4:6-7

 

Something to think about 

3,000 years after the psalmist, many in our world are still asking, “Who will bring us prosperity?” Prosperity is about flourishing – having a ‘life before death’, as the old Christian Aid slogan put it. 

According to the latest figures, an estimated 766 million people live in extreme poverty* - with all that that means in terms of insecurity, vulnerability, lack of choices, and lost potential.
 
But Easter is the season of hope, and the psalm also invites us to celebrate with those who have experienced a taste of prosperity. Abundant grain and new wine were signs of a good harvest, and meant a more hopeful future.

Since 1990, the proportion of the global population living under the poverty line has dropped significantly from 35% to 10.7%*. In just one generation, a quarter of the world’s people – over a billion people – have moved out of extreme poverty, and are experiencing more opportunities to prosper.

Of course, this good news should not diminish our commitment to overcoming the very real hardships and injustices that too many of our neighbours still face. But let’s take a moment today for our hearts to be filled with joy and thanksgiving as we recognise how much progress has been made.

* World Bank data

 
Women with babies queue at health clinic
 

Something to do 

Watch this short film which outlines the achievements of Christian Aid’s ECRP project in Malawi in tackling severe poverty and hunger, and includes the stories of some of the 420,000 individuals who have participated in it. Then share the link with two other Christian Aid supporters you know, with an encouragement to share their joy.

 

Something to pray 

Generous God, we give thanks for every sign of your kingdom coming. Let our joy and hope renew our commitment to act for a world where all know justice and life in all its fullness. Amen.

 

Today’s contributor is Simeon Mitchell, Secretary for Church and Society for the United Reformed Church, working as part of the Joint Public Issues Team.


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