What does it say?

“One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating.  Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”  “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.  Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’  The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:28-31

“Dapre sa yo di nan règ bib la?” is the question that the parents who live on the mountain above Arcahaie are probably asking their child quite often since she brought home her very own copy of the New Testament; “What does it say in the Bible…”  They sent their daughter to the Lutheran school at Chincheron to learn how to read and write, get a hot lunch and prayerfully have a better future than they have.  What they don’t fully realize on this side of heaven is that what she holds in her hands will be used by the Holy Spirit to bring them to Jesus and the best possible future they didn’t know about.  Thank you for helping to bring a hot meal for their daughter with your donation to Trinity/HOPE.  I am closing today with the words from the hymn ‘We all believe in One True God’ that were written by Martin Luther in 1525.

“We all believe in one true God, who created earth and heaven, the Father, who to us in love hath the right of children given.  He both soul and body feedeth, all we need He doth provide us; He through snares and perils leadeth, watching that no harm betide us.  He careth for us day and night, all things are governed by His might.  We all believe in Jesus Christ, His own Son, our Lord, possessing an equal Godhead, throne, and might, source of every grace and blessing.  Born of Mary, virgin mother, by the power of the Spirit, made true man, our elder Brother, that the lost might life inherit; was crucified for sinful men and raised by God to life again.  We all confess the Holy Ghost, who sweet grace and comfort giveth and with the Father and the Son in eternal glory liveth; who the Church, His own creation, keeps in unity of spirit.  Here forgiveness and salvation daily come through Jesus' merit.  All flesh shall rise, and we shall be in bliss with God eternally.  Amen.”

Dear Heavenly Father, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown.  Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.  Amen. 

May God be with you…Jay