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A Prayer For Mercy In a Time of Disaster

We have seen major devastation – hurricanes Harvey and Irma – now the approaching Hurricane Maria and the earthquakes in Mexico.  I now share the following prayer by my Facebook friend and fellow #MiddleChurch member Sandra Santana.

 

Almighty God,
Creator of heaven and earth
At This moment we
May you have mercy
Of those who are suffering
Because of a disaster,
Help them soon with your power,
Save of his anxieties
And if they’re sick,
Wounded and fearful.
Sir, this affected city needs you,
Show your hand of mercy,
We beg you with all your heart,
Have mercy on those who
They have lost their assets
And those who have lost
To their loved ones,
Embrace with your love
And give them comfort,
Get them
A safe place to be,
A shelter in the middle
Of its desolation and its sadness.
Heavenly Father,
I beg you for those people
That have disappeared,
Give them strength and courage while they wait
The Rescue of their lives,
Help them endure
And sustains their bodies
While rescuing them.
Give them hope, sir,
Increase your faith and
That at the moment of anguish
Investigation to you that you can do
A Miracle for them.
Sir, listen to our prayer,
Save those who are in danger,
You are our protector,
Thank you for being our soon help
In our problems,
Help those who suffer
At this very moment
And show your great kindness
To their lives in need.
We ask.
In the name of Jesus, Amen. (share this prayer to be more praying)

To that, let us all say:  Amen.

 

Jewelry/Accessory DIYs

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God Denounces Killing

From the Onion via Kathy Duncan’s Facebook page:

God Angrily Clarifies ‘Don’t Kill’ Rule

NEW YORK—Responding to recent events on Earth, God, the omniscient creator-deity worshipped by billions of followers of various faiths for more than 6,000 years, angrily clarified His longtime stance against humans killing each other Monday.

“Look, I don’t know, maybe I haven’t made myself completely clear, so for the record, here it is again,” said the Lord, His divine face betraying visible emotion during a press conference near the site of the fallen Twin Towers. “Somehow, people keep coming up with the idea that I want them to kill their neighbor. Well, I don’t. And to be honest, I’m really getting sick and tired of it. Get it straight. Not only do I not want anybody to kill anyone, but I specifically commanded you not to, in really simple terms that anybody ought to be able to understand.”

Worshipped by Christians, Jews, and Muslims alike, God said His name has been invoked countless times over the centuries as a reason to kill in what He called “an unending cycle of violence.”

“I don’t care how holy somebody claims to be,” God said. “If a person tells you it’s My will that they kill someone, they’re wrong. Got it? I don’t care what religion you are, or who you think your enemy is, here it is one more time: No killing, in My name or anyone else’s, ever again.”

The press conference came as a surprise to humankind, as God rarely intervenes in earthly affairs. As a matter of longstanding policy, He has traditionally left the task of interpreting His message and divine will to clerics, rabbis, priests, imams, and Biblical scholars. Theologians and laymen alike have been given the task of pondering His ineffable mysteries, deciding for themselves what to do as a matter of faith. His decision to manifest on the material plane was motivated by the deep sense of shock, outrage, and sorrow He felt over the Sept. 11 violence carried out in His name, and over its dire potential ramifications around the globe.

“I tried to put it in the simplest possible terms for you people, so you’d get it straight, because I thought it was pretty important,” said God, called Yahweh and Allah respectively in the Judaic and Muslim traditions. “I guess I figured I’d left no real room for confusion after putting it in a four-word sentence with one-syllable words, on the tablets I gave to Moses. How much more clear can I get?”

“But somehow, it all gets twisted around and, next thing you know, somebody’s spouting off some nonsense about, ‘God says I have to kill this guy, God wants me to kill that guy, it’s God’s will,'” God continued. “It’s not God’s will, all right? News flash: ‘God’s will’ equals ‘Don’t murder people.'”

Worse yet, many of the worst violators claim that their actions are justified by passages in the Bible, Torah, and Qur’an.

“To be honest, there’s some contradictory stuff in there, okay?” God said. “So I can see how it could be pretty misleading. I admit it—My bad. I did My best to inspire them, but a lot of imperfect human agents have misinterpreted My message over the millennia. Frankly, much of the material that got in there is dogmatic, doctrinal bullshit. I turn My head for a second and, suddenly, all this stuff about homosexuality gets into Leviticus, and everybody thinks it’s God’s will to kill gays. It absolutely drives Me up the wall.”

God praised the overwhelming majority of His Muslim followers as “wonderful, pious people,” calling the perpetrators of the Sept. 11 attacks rare exceptions.

“This whole medieval concept of the jihad, or holy war, had all but vanished from the Muslim world in, like, the 10th century, and with good reason,” God said. “There’s no such thing as a holy war, only unholy ones. The vast majority of Muslims in this world reject the murderous actions of these radical extremists, just like the vast majority of Christians in America are pissed off over those two bigots on The 700 Club.”

Continued God, “Read the book: ‘Allah is kind, Allah is beautiful, Allah is merciful.’ It goes on and on that way, page after page. But, no, some assholes have to come along and revive this stupid holy-war crap just to further their own hateful agenda. So now, everybody thinks Muslims are all murderous barbarians. Thanks, Taliban: 1,000 years of pan-Islamic cultural progress down the drain.”

God stressed that His remarks were not directed exclusively at Islamic extremists, but rather at anyone whose ideological zealotry overrides his or her ability to comprehend the core message of all world religions.

“I don’t care what faith you are, everybody’s been making this same mistake since the dawn of time,” God said. “The Muslims massacre the Hindus, the Hindus massacre the Muslims. The Buddhists, everybody massacres the Buddhists. The Jews, don’t even get me started on the hardline, right-wing, Meir Kahane-loving Israeli nationalists, man. And the Christians? You people believe in a Messiah who says, ‘Turn the other cheek,’ but you’ve been killing everybody you can get your hands on since the Crusades.”

Growing increasingly wrathful, God continued: “Can’t you people see? What are you, morons? There are a ton of different religious traditions out there, and different cultures worship Me in different ways. But the basic message is always the same: Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Shintoism… every religious belief system under the sun, they all say you’re supposed to love your neighbors, folks! It’s not that hard a concept to grasp.”

“Why would you think I’d want anything else? Humans don’t need religion or God as an excuse to kill each other—you’ve been doing that without any help from Me since you were freaking apes!” God said. “The whole point of believing in God is to have a higher standard of behavior. How obvious can you get?”

“I’m talking to all of you, here!” continued God, His voice rising to a shout. “Do you hear Me? I don’t want you to kill anybody. I’m against it, across the board. How many times do I have to say it? Don’t kill each other anymore—ever! I’m fucking serious!”

Upon completing His outburst, God fell silent, standing quietly at the podium for several moments. Then, witnesses reported, God’s shoulders began to shake, and He wept.

No Need to Look Dull

Well… summer is ending, but there’s no need to look dull.  Check out these videos for Tulip Color Shot Fabric Spray and I’m sure you’ll come up with a wealth of ideas to liven up your wardrobe!!!

 

This can be used for your regular-length jeans especially if you can’t stand the current floral embroidery style:

A sunburst t-shirt can banish the winter blahs:

 

Into graphic punk!?  No problem!!

 

Have stencils!?  There’s a video for those too:

 

Finally, if you want to use your own designs cut into freezer paper, check this out:

 

Labor Day Prayer

By Dean Hubbard, one of my fellow #MiddleChurch members and Facebook friends.

 

God we are so grateful to you for this beloved community, and for Middle members’ willingness to build this community with the fruits of their labor–their time, talent and treasure. God, that’s what we call a union. A beloved community at work.

Chattel slavery based on African heritage, based on skin color, is this country’s original sin, God. Our country was built on the exploited and abused and enslaved labor of African descended people, God. And when slaves got together and resisted and rebelled in whatever ways they could, that was the original union organizing, God. All a union is is working people getting together and resisting injustice in whatever way they can.

And those old cunning pharoahs who enriched themselves by dividing us based on the color of our skin or country of origin are still fooling too many of our sick white sisters and brothers. These snake oil salesmen distracting white folks from the greedy corporate hand in their pockets by pointing at people of color and poor folks and immigrants and saying there’s your enemy! Deceiving white folks into believing the lie that white is normal, that white is better, and hiding the obvious truth that we are one creation, one beloved community. God we are so grateful for Middle, where the beloved community is all of us.

Help us remember that the workplace is meant to be a beloved community too, God. Help us do our part to bring down these modern day Pharoahs by working together to build beloved communities of loving resistance at work. And when we do that God, when we build those kinds of unions, we know we are doing your will. Amen.

 

 

The US Government vs. the Transgender People

The US government is not the friend of the transgendered.   Find out how in this Huffington Post article.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-purge-of-transgender-people-from-american-life_us_59ad7f7ae4b0bef3378cda5e

#transgenderpeople #usgovernment

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