Prayer

Day 6: God Acts for the Powerless

23/01/2018 12:00 pm

Starting Point

People from the Caribbean working overseas who send money home find this more difficult because of changes due to international banking regulations. This has had a negative impact on the Caribbean region with increased economic hardship for many families. In response to this the churches of the region have introduced Credit Unions. This preferential option for the poor is also God’s option: the right hand of God always acts for the powerless against the powerful. Christians are therefore called to live across the divisions of the global North and South and affirm our common humanity together.

Readings

Isaiah 25.1-9 Let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation
Psalm 82 Maintain the right of the lowly and the destitute
Philippians 2.1-4 Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others
Luke 12.13-21 Be on your guard against all kinds of greed

Prayer

Generous God
Your overflowing love gave birth to creation;
Your redeeming love journeyed
Through lands of forsakenness
So that the tomb might be empty,
And our life with you unending.
Teach us your logic –
That to give is to receive,
To empty ourselves is to be filled,
That as we point away from ourselves
We might discover anew our unity in Christ.
Amen.

Reflection

To have, or not to have,
that is the question.
If we have, we have control,
the future’s in our hands: life’s assured.

And as we eat and drink and just enjoy,
we boast about our handouts
so we can forget the rest

who have not.
Who know no power or control.
And look to just tomorrow as a land unknown.

And yet,
when God hands out his justice,
brim full barns and sure investments fall
and then we see
our greed for what it is.
Then, dare we
stand as one
and ask, instead,
how best to be?

Questions

  1. What are the realities of economic hardship in your community?
  2. How do overseas partnerships enable solidarity between the global North and South?
  3. In our partnerships with churches in the global South, how do we ensure genuine partnership and equal exchange?