God has place this wonderful creation in our hands. As U2 sings, "It's a beautiful day, don't let it slip away." We have this one life to live on this beautiful planet so enjoy these reflections on God, faith, life, and music. "After the flood all of the colors came out. It's a beautiful day."

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Forgive Us Our Debts

Lent with the Lord's Prayer 

Forgive us our debts. Matthew 6:12
Debt is such a huge problem in America.
The average size mortgage in the U.S. is about $200,000
The average credit cards balance is about $10,000
The average college graduate leaves school owing more than $20,000 in student loans.
The average car loan now exceeds $27,000
Collectively we owe $2.5 trillion in consumer debt and another $14 trillion in home loans.

Forgive us our debts. In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus teaches us to pray to God for forgiveness of our debts. In the scripture that Jesus knew and studied he knew that God had talked to Moses about debt. In Leviticus 25, God wants us to establish Sabbath law. This law involves forgiving debt after the sixth year. In the 50th year all debts are to be wiped out. Jesus knew that debt was a problem and would always be a problem. So when we are taught to pray, we pray to be forgiven our debts. God has no hands or feet but us so after praying forgive us our debts, how will we become the answer to our prayers and fix our debt.

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