Remebering - 6-30-22 1

Greetings Prayers,

The last couple of weeks were quite enlightening with three (pretty amazing) Supreme Court decisions and then the subsequent reactions. Concerning gun rights, abortion and prayer – these will continue to be hot-button topics regardless of what the Supreme Court decided. I am reminded of what happened to many families just prior to and during the Civil War. The subject of that time was slavery. Passionate feelings and opinions and justifications were voiced on both sides. Well-meaning and Godly men and women advocated extensively for the continuation of slavery. Well-meaning and Godly men and women advocated extensively for its abolishment. As passions became more & more heated, this dilemma led the country and its people to be literally divided….which then led to war. There are stories of families ripped apart because one member was “for” slavery and another was “against”. The Civil War – Americans fighting against Americans; brothers fighting against brothers.

King Solomon wrote: What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. Eccl.1:9

We see the truth of those words today. While our country may not be heading to a physical war against itself, we do see the battle continuing to heat up for the soul of this country. We listen to individuals espouse their rhetoric (the art of persuasion) and we shake our heads in disbelief. As I have watched the various protests, I’ve often wondered what these people truly believe. I mean, if I could just spend time with one or two at Starbucks without all the hoopla going on outside and have an honest conversation, would their beliefs still be the same? 

I came upon this quote attributed to William Shakespeare: “The empty vessel makes the loudest sound.” As a society, we have lost the ability to have constructive and critical conversations. Critical is an interesting word because we have been so conditioned to one definition – criticism. But it also means: exercising or involving careful judgment or judicious evaluation. We have instead raised and are continuing to raise generations who get their abilities to formulate opinions from social media. And with that thought, many are the empty vessels who are making the loudest noise.

Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. I Cor. 6:19-20a

The context of the above verse was dealing with sexual immorality. But I believe this can also be a gentle reminder to the believer about how to live our lives. We are NOT empty vessels but instead we are filled with the power of God’s Spirit (Ruach ha’Kodesh). Romans 8:11 states: And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you. Powerful words of God’s truth within each one of us. 

It is my personal prayer, and a prayer for us all, that we be the light our Heavenly Father wants us to be. Let us not be easily tempted to be dogmatic, bombastic or judgmental towards others with differing opinions. You know…..he who is the loudest, wins. Instead, may we be found faithful to show the love of Jesus/Yeshua by emulating His mercy, kindness, gentleness, grace, peace, AND His propensity to share God’s truth.

This week 4Tucson begins its season of fundraising. The desire of any non-profit is to be self-sufficient. But the reality is that we, like others, are dependent on the kind gifts of the many. I know some reading this are already members of 4Tucson – and we so appreciate your continuing support. While participating in this fundraiser does not constitute membership, 4Tucson does welcome anyone who wants to join us in our work to bring about biblical solutions to the systemic issues in our city. 

As I’ve shared in the past, it is exciting that 4Tucson now has 3 active taskforces: Poverty Reduction, Economic Opportunity and Development, and Housing. And people are diligently working on implementing the next taskforce: Education. I am grateful for the energy and the accomplishments that are taking place right now. I am also grateful for the continuing work that is being done through the Government & Social Service Domains. Oy veh – I wish I had their energy. Most importantly, I am thankful for these leaders’ continuing friendships and support.

I am not one who is comfortable fundraising. I don’t mind giving; but asking is something else. However, the truth is 4Tucson needs the financial (along with prayer) support to be able to continue being effective in the work we’re doing and to begin new ventures. I hope you will prayerfully consider giving to this campaign. Each newsletter, until the end of August, will have the opportunity to give. My heartfelt thanks!

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