4th Wednesday in Lent
I believe that God has created me together with all that exists. God has given me and still preserves my body and soul; eyes, ears, and all limbs and senses; reason and all mental faculties. In addition, God daily and abundantly provides shoes and clothing, food and drink, house and farm, spouse and children, fields, livestock, and all property – along with all the necessities and nourishment for this body and life. God protects me against all danger and shields and preserves me from all evil. And all this is done out of pure, fatherly, and divine goodness and mercy, without any merit or worthiness of mine at all! For all of this I owe it to God to thank and praise, serve and obey him. This is most certainly true.
If we believe it, this article should humble and terrify all of us. For we sin daily with eyes, ears, hands, body and soul, money and property, and with all that we have, especially those who even fight against the Word of God. Yet Christians have this advantage, that they acknowledge that they owe it to God to serve and obey him for all these things.
Thus says God, the Lord, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people upon it and spirit to those who walk in it: “I am the Lord, I have called you in righteousness, I have taken you by the hand and kept you; I have given you as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness.” Isaiah 42:5-7
SILENCE FOR MEDITATION
The members of Ed Meehan’s Confirmation small group read the Bible verse and words from Martin Luther about the first article of the Apostles Creed above. They each answered and discussed questions such as “How does God as creator of heaven and earth take care of you?” and “Is it easy or hard to trust that God provides us with all that we need?” They also thought about if God provides us with all that we need, why is it that so many people are poor or hungry or homeless in our world.
Kamaria Baham: God takes care of me by giving me what I need in life. He is always watching over us. It’s easy for me to trust this because the Bible tells us so. Maybe others that are poor or hungry or homeless were not smart with that they were given, or someone took it away from them.
Aaron Lowy: When God created me, he gave me a body, soul, and everything I need to live. He also provides me with five things I need to survive: food, water, clothing, protection, and shelter. But most of all, God provides us with everlasting love. That everlasting love makes it easy to trust that God will always take care of us. Even when people are poor or hungry, God still loves them, and loves us. God heals us and forgives our sins.
Matthew Messick: God provides all our possessions, like food, water, clothing, money, and shelter. He shields us from danger in our lives, and provides through people caring for each other too. It can be hard to trust this though because we have never seen God. The people who believe in God should give some of their belongings to the needy because that is God acting through that person.
Anneliese Oetsen: God makes sure that we are healthy and safe from harm’s way. God also provides us with love and support. It’s hard to trust that God provides us with what we need because many people don’t have enough food or the help they need if they are addicted to drugs. It shows us that some parts of the world suffer, and some parts flourish.
Lily Stuehmer: God gave us clothing, our bodies, shoes, a brain, food, drink, a house; and with all these things, he is taking are of us. It’s easy to trust this because God keeps promises to always love and care for us. God loves everyone and has a plan for everyone. His promises will eventually come true even if it seems they are not coming true right now.
God, you are the source of all we have and all we need. When we have more than we need, inspire us to share with others. Work through us so that all people may have enough. In your name we pray, Amen.
Put a coin in your bank for any meal or snack that was native to another country. Pray for the well-being of those who grew and harvested the food for your benefit.