Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Competing with our neighbors

So unlike the lesson from our savior
the story of the Samaritan
to be a good neighbor
by the way we treat one another
especially in times of need

Competing with our neighbors
as if their feelings had no weight
our gain upon their backs
what cost of such a game
Seeing them as the enemy
to get over, to walk around
to leave in our dust

Forgetting the message of the Lord
the Samaritan and the Prodigal Son
that we must love one another
and rejoice when the lost one is found

So different than the way of the world
the clawing for things of this earth
how wrong we are to fight
for the things that will turn to dust

November 3, 2009
Ecclesiastes 5:8-15
Psalm 15 (Psalter)
& sermon, “Oh For the Simple Life . . .”
by Pastor Ruth L. Foss
Suncook United Methodist Church
Suncook, NH
All Saints Day
Her sermon is the first of a four-part series based in part on
Reverend Adam Hamilton (http://www.cor.org/about-resurrection/adam/)’s book,
“Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity” (http://www.cokesbury.com/forms/ProductDetail.aspx?pid=9781426702334)

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