Wednesday Meditation November 8, 2023
But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an everflowing stream.
After chastising the people of Israel telling them that their sacrifices were no longer meaningful because they were sinful and corrupt, God tells them to let justice roll down like waters, righteousness like an everflowing stream. The implication is that we, God’s people, are to deal justly with everyone with whom we meet, deal, and live with. Being just is to treat others in the way we want to be treated. It is to love others as we love ourselves.
I took the car to get the winter tires put on yesterday. The car dealer I go to has been in construction since summer. Their yard is an absolute mess. Yesterday they were digging up a trench just inside the main gate forcing me to find another way to get into the parking lot. By the time I entered a trailer where they were receiving customers, I was ready to give them a few choice thoughts rolling in my mind. They could have put a temporary sign. The person who received me and took care of the appointment was new, but nice.
In a few days, I will receive an email from the company wanting to know how my experience was. Of course, that would be the right time to give them my views and let them deal with the frustrations I had. Yes, there are indeed things they can do better. But I also know how things usually happen with these feedback stuff. Eventually someone will be blamed and let go from their job. Lately I have been noticing lots of people expressing their frustrations on everything. People are posting to the internet sites like TikTok and YouTube any small quibbles or complaints they have without thinking about consequences. There is nothing that goes unscathed. It is the time we live in.
As Christians, it is so easy to forget we are to act with some maturity. More than that, we are to love each other in the way that we would love ourselves. That means lots of patience, kindness, gentleness, not being rude, not considering oneself to be better than another etc. In a way, letting justice roll down is as simple as treating others as we want to be treated and we treat our loved ones.
Not too long ago, I was told by a person who grew up in a church and was an elder that he could not love others the same way he loves his own family. He wondered who could love others that way. Loving others the same way we love our loved ones is difficult for more reasons than we can fathom. Also from research in psychology we know it is important to let our frustrations out and not hold in all the time.
With wars and horrors of wars, we are seeing all kinds of arguments to fight and be involved in just cause fights. Many of us feel justified in fighting violently at times if we know we are doing the fight for a right cause. Indeed, many Christian theologians advocate for just wars to stop evil. We think of all these destructive ways in view of human capacity for unchecked violence. At times, it is impossible not to confront others with something other than love when their behaviours are so evil. What we call tough love is not adequate in these situations. Violence begets violence. Sin continues to invade the lives of people. Only way to break from the cycle of frustration, violence and sin is to let justice roll in our lives like water.
Yes, we let justice roll down like water. Or treating everyone with love which we offer our loved ones is the only way to bring peace. It comes down to our willingness to be God’s people who let justice roll down like water, and righteousness like an everflowing stream the way Christ taught us by his passion, death and resurrection.
We thank you all for your gracious sharing. We collected $1,051.35 during the month of October. Your generosity is very much appreciated.
Mike, Joan, John and Chris are generously donating their time and talents so that we have opportunities to share Christ’s Gospel people around us in meaningful ways. As I write this, I am looking at parents who are picking up their children from Kids Kastle. Many parents who send their kids to Kids Kastle can because we help them with costs like heat and snow ploughing in winter. Without the help, their cost will be out of reach for some parents.
Part of our mission is done through doing activities in our facilities that require large sums in the winter months to keep warm. As we shared with you, we do many mission activities like Teaching English to the newcomers, providing various activities for people’s well being and so on. Our facilities are used 7 days a week in order to share God’s love. We appreciate all kinds of your support including coming out and enjoying the music. We are not just looking for monetary contributions. Your presence, too, is important as an encouragement to continue God’s work here.
Baking and Fun for children 1:30 pm
Calling all children for Saturdays at 1:30 pm! Come and learn to bake or decorate cookies! You get to eat them, too, when they are ready. We will also do some games and crafts. Everyone is invited! People of all ages with hearts like children are welcome, too!
This Saturday, we will skip watercolour drawing. We are cancelling this time of drawing together for Saturday, November 11th only. We will resume the water colour drawing time on Saturday, November 18.
Sunday morning worship: 10:30 am
Youth and Young Adults: After service and refreshments
Christmas Concert on Sunday, Nov. 29 at 3 pm.
This is our reaching out concert. We hope that you will come out and enjoy this Christmas Concert. Invite your family, friends and neighbours. Rob Whitelock has been working hard with his band members to make this a wonderful experience.