Living Our Values With Courage…

Let us answer the terrorists by living our values with courage. Angela Merkel

Meditation: In a time when the US experiences daily random reactionary words and behaviors in US politics that leave us often wondering which basic moral values are still being upheld, if any, it is good to hear these words from a female European politician. She was reelected yesterday for the fourth time as the chancellor of Germany. Living and holding on to basic human rights and basic moral values as we face senseless violence requires much courage. As Germany has started two world wars in the past 100 years, it seems that in this 21. Century the small European nation has finally learned from its own violent behavior of the past. Even though the extreme right wing party with Neonazi ideology has resurfaced and has even made it into main stream politics, the German people as a whole decided to reelect Angela Merkel once again. For many years she has lead the German people through countless trials and challenges with a firm base of moral values, on which she stands. It requires courage to answer terrorists by living unshakable moral values. Today we pray for Angela Merkel to continue her sometimes lonely position when it comes to immigration and to basic moral and human rights values.

Prayer: God, I pray for this pastor’s daughter from the former East Germany. I pray that you will give her strength, discernment and support to lead the German people as part of a larger Europe. Let her become a role model and leader also for the US and other countries, as the world is dealing with increasing terrorism and much violence from without and from within. Amen

Thus says the LORD, “Do justice and righteousness, and deliver the one who has been robbed from the power of his oppressor. Also do not mistreat or do violence to the stranger, the orphan, or the widow; and do not shed innocent blood in this place.” Jeremiah 22:3