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, May 3, 2017

I Was Sick and You Took Care of Me

‘When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. 32All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, 33and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. 34Then the king will say to those at his right hand, “Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; 35for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” 37Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? 38And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? 39And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?” 40And the king will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” 41Then he will say to those at his left hand, “You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; 42for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.” 44Then they also will answer, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?” 45Then he will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.” 46And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.’ Matthew 25:31-46
eternal punishment, eternal life
come, you that are blessed
I was sick and you took care of me
Lord, when was it that we saw you sick and visited you
Just as you did it to the least of these
you did it to me
You, that are accursed, depart into the eternal fire
for I was sick and you did not visit me
Lord, when did I not take care of you?
just as you did not do it to one of the least of these
you did not do it to me

eternal punishment, eternal life
did you ever wish that this was true
that God divided us and looked at our works
looked out how we cared for the sick, the poor, the thirsty, the stranger, the imprisoned
looked at how we dealt with those not of our tribe, race, class, country
looked at how we treated the least of these

eternal punishment, eternal life
Jesus promises us life
life where we have enough to eat
food to eat that makes us healthy and whole
food that enriches our bodies and heals our ills
Jesus promises us life
water that nourishes
water that doesn't contain lead or radium
water that isn't set on fire
water that doesn't contain particles that harm instead of nourish
Jesus promises us life
a stranger, a person not of my tribe, class or race
a stranger is welcomed
a stranger is cared for, shown compassion, given hope
Jesus promises us life
when we are sick you will take care of me
visit me, heal me, comfort me
when we are sick you will take care of me
Jesus promises us life
when we are imprisoned
you visited me
you didn't leave me trapped and alone
you promised me care and comfort
you promised to walk with me in the danger, in the darkness
Jesus promises us life

God here my prayer, my call, my pleading
for people don't seem to be listening to your voice, your word, your promise
people, well government people want to go backward  instead of forward
people, government people, outspoken Christians who wield your word like a sword
people, government people, Christians, who forgot the least of these, the call to service
people, government people, Christians, forgive me for my desire to judge them
please God hear us crying out, change the hearts that are hard
change the hearts that forgot your promise of life, life abundant
God comfort those of us full of fear, full of heartache
God show us how to rise up, stand up, fight back for the least of these

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