Jerusalem

Isaiah 52:7-10 (NIV UK)

The streets of Jerusalem do not hear many “songs of joy” today, and recent developments have heightened tensions considerably!

Pray for Christ’s Kingdom of Joy to come in Jerusalem.

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Hunger

Luke 1:39-56

“He has filled the hungry with good things.”

Pray for those who do not have enough food.

Conservative estimates suggest that in South Africa 7 million people are experiencing genuine hunger. Stats SA uses the following questions to measure this figure.

  1. Did your household run out of money to buy food during the past 12 months?
  2. Has it happened 5 or more days in the past 30 days?
  3. Did you cut the size of meals during the past 12 months because there was not enough food in the house?
  4. Has it happened 5 or more days in the past 30 days?
  5. Did you skip any meals during the past 12 months because there was not enough food in the house?
  6. Has it happened 5 or more times in the past 30 days?
  7. Did you eat a smaller variety of foods during the past 12 months than you would have liked to, because there was not enough food in the house?
  8. Has it happened 5 or more times in the past 30 days?

If someone answers yes to two or less of these questions they are considered to have adequate food access. Answering yes to between three and five questions means that the person has inadequate food access. Someone has severely inadequate food access if they answer yes to between six and eight questions.

Source: Africa Check

A Reflection for Peace

Philippians 4:4-9

Spend time today reflecting on that which is “true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy.” Look around you throughout the day, paying attention to the people, places, conversations and experiences you encounter. In each moment, seek to identify that which is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy. Look for the presence of God in the everyday and the mundane. Reflect on His love as you encounter it.