Tuesday, March 5, 2013

remembering our gifts

Good morning sisters and brothers,
This week we're focusing on money and our anxiety about having enough. Our passage today is part of Moses' farewell sermons as he prepares the Israelites for their new life without him in the promised land. He knows that having enough can be dangerous spiritually, because we often give ourselves the credit. He tells them to remember that that everything they have comes from God. That's always a good thing for us to remember. Even though we work hard for what we have, it comes from God, who gives us the strength and ability to work. We tend to worry about having enough, but God calls us to be grateful for what we have. That's a good place to start.

God bless,

Deuteronomy 8:12-18
12When you have eaten your fill and have built fine houses and live in them, 13and when your herds and flocks have multiplied, and your silver and gold is multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied, 14then do not exalt yourself, forgetting the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, 15who led you through the great and terrible wilderness, an arid wasteland with poisonous snakes and scorpions. He made water flow for you from flint rock, 16and fed you in the wilderness with manna that your ancestors did not know, to humble you and to test you, and in the end to do you good. 17Do not say to yourself, “My power and the might of my own hand have gotten me this wealth.” 18But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, so that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your ancestors, as he is doing today.

1 comment:

  1. I really enjoy your blog. Each time I read them I take a piece with me to carry through the day. :)