Growing in Resilience: Breathe in Breathe out, based on Isaiah 56.1-2

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Day 17, Read Isaiah 56
Reflection: Breathe In Breathe Out, based on Isaiah 56:1-2, NRSV

Thus says the Lord: Maintain justice, and do what is right, for soon my salvation will come, and my deliverance be revealed. Happy is the mortal who does this, the one who holds it fast, who keeps the sabbath, not profaning it, and refrains from doing any evil.

Lord of Hosts
Your deliverance is near
Keep our hand to plow, steadfast in your saving work
Strengthen us to do what is right even in the face of great opposition
Empower us to stand and speak and strive for goodness and justice
Build in us faith that works and perseveres
Renew a right spirit within

Breathe in… Breathe out…
Lord of the Sabbath
Prince of Peace
Lead us away to rest from your labor

Breathe in… Breathe out…
Our world is so fast
So noisy
So needy
So full
Help us to wait and rest even when every bit of us screams to act

Breathe in… Breathe out…
Increase our faith in the blessing of Sabbath
Reveal the fears that drive us
The pride and shame disguised as sacrifice
Free us to trust and follow in the doing and in the ceasing

Breathe in… Breathe out…
We surrender to complete rest in you
Renew a right spirit within

Click Here for more on the Growing in Resilience Reading Plan sponsored by Bishop Ken Carter and the Cabinet of the Florida Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. 

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You are the Light of the World (Matthew 5.14-16)

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You are the Light of the World by Robbie Quinn

Matthew 5:14-16 NRSV
Jesus said, “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.”

You are the light of the world
Not hidden, never hidden
You let it shine
You share it with the other
With all

What do they see?
Light overcoming the darkness

What happens?
God is glorified
The Kingdom comes

Your light makes us light
What a gift to be made in your image
To reflect your grace and hope
Your power and peacemaking

Help us shine
Share your light with all
Near and far
Beyond our imagining to your imagining
And desiring
A beam worthy of the stretch of your embrace
Worthy of your glory

Jesus, help us shine
Unveiled, Bright
Shining before others and for others
So others see you in us
and are drawn to your Light

You are so very good and generous, Jesus
You bathe us in the light of your grace, that we may be grace
You fill us with the light of your truth that we may be truth
You flood us with the light of your love that we may be love

Hallelujah! Glory to You, Lord of Life and Light!
Hallelujah! Come Glorious One
Dispel the darkness
Reveal what is real so we no longer fear the night
nor the light
Dawn a new day and a new us and a new Earth
Hallelujah! Amen!

Click here for the post Reflecting God’s Light, more resources on this scripture

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The Glory of Your Saving Love (Isaiah 49.6)

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Abigail Henrie

It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to restore the survivors of Israel; I will give you as a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth. – Isaiah 49:6

This is the glory of your saving love
That you don’t just bless us,
Heal us,
Guard and guide us

That you don’t just forgive us,
Redeem us,
Save and sanctify us

For you that is too light a thing

You make a place for us in your saving work

You call us
Empower us
Each of us
You make a place for us in your family
and a place for us in your plan
that we might have purpose and meaning
that we might experience the fullness of your grace
that we might experience your power and the wielding of that power
Your hope and your hope made real in the world
Your love and your love in action

Glory to you, Most Blessed Savior!
Glory to you, Lord of Mercy and Light!
Glory to you and to the fulfillment of Your Kingdom
in us and in all!

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The 2016 TED Talk Experiment- Week 10

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In the spirit of Easter, victory from love and sacrifice, the talks for this week focus on invention and innovation inspired by great need.

Edible Cutlery (Overview) and Edible Cutlery (TED)
Narayana Peesapaty
TEDxVITVellore, January 2014
Watch the overview before you watch the TED talk. I’m so inspired by the ingenuity and sacrifices made in order to address the problem of used plastics in our environment (and bodies) and the desperate need to protect the water supply. Edible cutlery not only combats the environmental problem, it addresses nutritional and employment problems as well. Brilliant. May your tribe increase.

A Warm Embrace That Saves Lives
Jane Chen
TED India Mysore India, November 2009
Lowering infant mortality rates with the invention of an inexpensive alternative to incubators. No electricity needed. Click here to donate one to a developing area.

Cheap, Effective Shelter for Disaster Relief
Michael McDaniel
TEDx Austin Texas, February 2012
In 2005, Michael McDaniel watched helplessly as Hurricane Katrina forced thousands of people out of their homes and into crowded, poorly equipped “shelters”. He became obsessed with finding a better solution. His story of sacrifice, hard work and perseverance inspires. Click Here for info on how his products have developed since 2012.

A Bath Without Water
Ludwick Marishane
TED@Johannesburg South Africa, May 2012
Lack of access to safe water to bathe can lead to infections and blindness. Marishane researched, wrote his formula, wrote a 40 page business proposal and patent paperwork, and brought the product to market via his cell phone using limited internet access.  As he says, “What’s stopping you?” Click Here for more information on DryBath.

My simple invention, designed to keep my grandfather safe
Kenneth Shinozuka
TEDYouth 2014 New York City, November 2014
This brilliant and caring young man invents sensors to help elderly persons live safer lives. He was inspired by his grandfather, who often wanders due to Alzheimer’s.

I’m trying an experiment in 2016. Maybe you’d like to try it with me.

Here’s where I am
I’m tired of the spin. I’m tired of ideas, news, and entertainment really being one long sales pitch for profit or power.

I’m longing for creativity, curiosity, and inspiration. I’m in search of passionate people willing to speak to the truth and complexity of living with a heart of hope. I want to hear from authentic humans who are in the trenches working for the greater good.

I think I’ve found them in the TED community.

“TED is a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. On, we’re building a clearinghouse of free knowledge from the world’s most inspired thinkers — and a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other, both online and at TED and TEDx events around the world, all year long.”

TED’s been around for 30 years. I’ve heard about them and even watched a couple of talks, but I’ve never spent any concentrated time mining the good stuff. So….

Here’s the plan
Watch 5 enthusiastic, inspiring TED Talk presenters a week for a year.
Apply and share the goodness.

Two Prayers for Times of Great Need

cup overflowingLord Jesus, fill us with your faith and courage
So we are never overwhelmed by the great needs
But rather overwhelmed with your great grace
Your great compassion
Your great hope
Enliven your gifts of greatness into great and good works
For the honor and glory of your name
and the redemption of your world. Amen


Almighty God, you are our Salvation and Hope
We love you and need you
Fill your beloved NAME with peace and trust
Fill every hand that touches HIM/HER with your healing and strength
Fill HIS/HER loved ones with wisdom and courage
Fill, fill, fill
We claim your promise of cups overflowing
And life everlasting in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Two Prayers for Times of Great Need
© 2016 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
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