Sunday August 30th, Psalm 15: LORD, who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy hill? The one whose walk is blameless, who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from his heart who has no slander on his tongue, who does his neighbor no wrong. The list of what is good and what is evil from God’s view has often been manipulated by those who wish it were something different. Perhaps they wanted it to be their point of view, perhaps more profitable or supportive of their power structure. Who is blameless? The one who speaks truth from the heart. As we remember the world events of the last several years, I am struck by the fact that in real buying power, those at the middle and bottom of the wage scale are worse off than at any time since 1947. Fewer and fewer people, working and unemployed, can afford decent health care or housing or education. I am struck by the continued growth of wealth among the wealthiest among us while at the same time the continued growth in the shire numbers of those who have to do with less and less each day. I am saddened by the number of casualties brought about by the quest for power and money in this world. Who may dwell in your sanctuary? Each of us, but only through your grace. Help us to speak the truth from our hearts dear Lord, even if it hurts.


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