Harden Not Our Hearts

If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. Isaiah 58:9-10

Lord, we have allowed market forces to create a deep divide between rich and poor, and many struggle for food and housing, and basic medical and dental care. Although you have commanded us to be openhanded toward our brothers and sisters, the poor and needy in the land (Dt. 15:11), funds for housing, mental health, services for the aging, education and food are threatened with cuts in states that would turn away federal aid that could help the least among us. We talk of values yet fail to heed your call to compassion, to kindness, to generosity, and to faith. We quarrel, and threaten one another, and fail to seek the knowledge that could help us fill our common need. We pray for relief yet fail to recognize your promise to restore those who keep your word. Today, Lord, help us hear your voice; harden not our hearts. (Heb. 3:8)  Help us move forward, towards justice, and with real concern and caring for one another, and especially for those who are most in need.  In Jesus’ name we pray.


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