15th September 2018

Daily Reading: 15 September

(from www.christianaid.org.uk)

 

I walk before the Lord in the land of the living. 

 

Something to read

 

I walk before the Lord in the land of the living.

Psalm 116:9 from full reading Psalm 116:1-9

 

Something to think about

This Harvest, we walk alongside Aster, a woman in Ethiopia who has worked with her sisters to open a solar-powered shop. The women sell fresh water and soap at the shop, as well as offering mobile phone charging.

Aster can now afford exercise books for her children to use at school, and she can send her children to the doctor when they are ill. She could never afford to buy these things before. Now she holds her head up high and makes her children proud.  

The words of this psalm would make sense to Aster. Her life has changed from one of constant hard work and anxiety for her children, to one where there is hope for the future.

Aster has found meaning and purpose in her life. She takes her place ‘walking before the Lord in the land of the living’.

Perhaps these words resonate with us too. Maybe we look back on a time of sorrow or suffering in our lives, a time when we’ve really struggled to survive. Or maybe we feel as though we are struggling now with circumstances beyond our control.

The words of the psalm and the story of Aster come together to give us hope in God’s power to rescue us in grace, righteousness and mercy.

 

Something to do

Harvest is a time for thanksgiving, as we celebrate God’s bountiful goodness to us. What can you offer to the Lord this Harvest time?

Do you have resources of time, talent, or money, which you could use to make your thanksgiving real?

Explore our Harvest Appeal and commit to #StandTogether with women like Aster.

 

Something to pray

God of life,
you constantly renew your gift of life to your creation.
You want us to live life in all its fullness,
not to be trapped in hopelessness or never-ending toil.
And when we cry out to you,
you hear our call and rescue us.
Thank you for your love and care.
Please show us how to make our thankfulness real
through our loving concern for our neighbours in need.
Amen.

 

Today’s contributor is the Rev Dr Caroline Wickens, Superintendent of the Manchester Circuit of the Methodist Church.


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