It took a year to read the Bible, then almost 9 months to read the Apocrypha. Now, I'm going to try to offer reflections on the Narrative Lectionary. But, I won't be posting daily--at least, for a while.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Ministry to the Poor, a Reflection on Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23

The Book of Proverbs is a collection of lessons, instruction to the young (as well as to the rest of us). It is both practical and inspirational.

This week's passage focuses on the need to help the poor--a common admonition in the Old Testament. Note: the gate is the place where disputes between litigants were decided.
Do not rob the poor because they are poor,
or crush the afflicted at the gate;
for the Lord pleads their cause
and despoils of life those who despoil them(22-23)
This is pretty threatening.

As we arrange our lives, do we consider the statements presented as facts in verses 8-9?
Whoever serves injustice will reap calamity,
and the rod of anger will fail.
Those who are generous are blessed,
for they share their bread with the poor
A couple of years ago, the UMC published four area of focus: global health, ministry with the poor, leadership development, and church growth and development.

When we consider the lectionary texts this week, we need to study and reflect on (even practice) the  Guiding Principles to Ministry with the Poor 

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