Each Day Fall in Love

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Somewhere each day we have to fall in love with someone, something, some moment, event, phrase. Somehow each day we must allow the softening of the heart. Otherwise our hearts will move inevitably toward hardness. We will move toward cynicism, bitterness, fear and despair. That’s where most of the world is trapped and doesn’t even know it.

The world’s been in love with death so long that it calls death life. It tries to conjure up life by making itself falsely excited, by creating parties where there’s no reason to celebrate…. Yet the only way to experience joy is to give yourself to reality. Joy comes after you go that extra mile and offer yourself first-thing every day.

Ask the Lord to give you the grace to fall in love. Then you’ll see rightly because only when we are in love do we understand.

Source: The Passion of God and the Passion Within, Inward/Outward.

Lenten Carbon Fast: How about Lent for all of creation?

From the Tearfund website: Our day-to-day lives may not be impacted severely by the changing climate – yet.carbonfast2012

But what about people who struggle to feed their families or find a home that won’t get washed away, or who can’t work because the fields have been destroyed by droughts and storms?

Join us in the Carbon Fast this Lent to respond to this challenge, remembering how God has called us to respect and look after his good creation and to protect poor people who we know are suffering the most.

The Carbon Fast has now begun! And you, and your church, can get involved in the following ways:

  1. Get our weekly Carbon Fast email – Sign up using the form below.
  2. Download the Carbon Fast 2013 weekly actions for your church.
  3. You can also follow the Carbon Fast on Twitter – @TFCampaigns, #carbonfast or Facebook.

Who are the people living below the poverty line in the United States?

Three First Lutheran Church young people hosted a screening of the short film, “The Line,” on November 4. It featured four stories about families in the United States living below the poverty line. Over 30 adults were in attendance and were led in smaller group discussion by the high schoolers. We are proud of our youth. Way to go, Paul, Grace and Harly!

If you haven’t seen the film, please take a moment to view it this Thanksgiving week to consider God’s call to you and the church in addressing poverty in the US.

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