Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Ask why!

Give out an image:
Todays pictures come from a friend in Australia. Here's an explanation:
I wondered whether you might be able to make use of the attached pictures - taken through the bush fires that have swept through Victoria. Based on Monday's 'The earth is the Lords and everything in it.' I thought it'd serve as a reminder of our fragility but also in God's provision (based on your 'Explanation' on the blog). It's been pretty amazing to see 
how people support and help each other in the most devastating of times, but equally frustrating that it's only in these times that it happens and not just all the time!

Give out a thought:
‘If God has put enough into the world then why are there poor people?’ This question regularly exercises many conversations around poverty. The Christian tradition is littered with people who have tried to answer this question. In Latin America during the 70s, 80s and 90s a number of Christ followers not only got involved in the lives of the poor and began addressing the questions as to why they were poor in the first place. Dom Helder Camara was a Brazilian bishop in one of the poorest parts of the nation. He famously said, "when I feed the hungry, they call me a saint. When I ask why the hungry don't have enough food, they call me a Communist."

Lord open our eyes to see the injustice in the world, our hearts to respond to your compassion, and our minds to discover new possibilities.

Give out an action:
Search the internet to discover some of the many theories and opinions as to why people are poor. Spend time thinking through the reasons you would give, it may help to write a paragraph outlining your position. Contemplate what small steps you can make this week to respond to these reasons.

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