Amanda Grant of Brechin, Ontario, Canada
Mark the blameless, and behold the upright, for there is posterity for the peaceable. -Psalm 37:37
I grew up on a 100-acre sheep farm with my parents. My dad also had an office job at a factory, so our farm was not our only income source. We had a farm because it was what my dad had grown up with. We grew to have a fondness for the lifestyle.
However, because my dad was a businessman, in order to keep the farm, it had to generate some financial profit. Dad made money by going to fall fairs and either setting up a display or taking part in sheep shows where the animals are judged. This meant our animals had to meet specific characteristics to appropriately represent their breed. For example, the color of their nose, face, legs, and how they stood on their feet all mattered. Sometimes things would go wrong with the animals. This meant we had to take them to the market to sell because they could no longer contribute to the farm in a practical way.
During one visit to the market I was overwhelmed by the number of animals I saw being sold that had not yet outlived their ability to be of use to someone. I finally decided if any of the animals were sold at a price I could afford, I would buy them. This desire to change what was happening around me became an “Aha” moment of what it means for God to redeem us.
God did for all of us what I could only afford to do for one. Unlike my dad, God looks at us and sees how we can still be of use, still serve God, no matter our state. The only characteristic we need to meet for God is that we are willing-willing to try, willing to hear, and willing to act.
God bless the spaces between us.
Tears of Compassion
Offer a silent prayer for the gift of God’s compassion. Cup your hands and ask God to make you aware of the suffering that causes the Earth and its inhabitants to groan and weep. Be open to faces or places, sounds or voices, feelings of connection with those who suffer. Imagine catching the tears of those you see and holding them in your hands. Listen for prayer images or words God may give you. Discern any active responses of ministry or healing you sense invited to complete for those who weep.
Today’s Prayer for Peace
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