Around our apartments, O Lord,
magnolias are blooming
along with cherry, pear, and crabapple trees.
Spring is a beautiful time of year.
On television, we see that even desert countries
have rainy seasons with flowers springing up
You have given us this wonderful planet.
Preserving it in peace is important to all of us.
Open our hearts to embrace our differences
and learn to love others as you do.
Teach us to share the bounty you give us.
In Jesus name, Amen.
Isaiah 58: 6a, 7
Is this not the fast I choose:
Is it not to share your bread with the hnngry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked to cover them, and not hide yourself from your own kin?
Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.