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   Bridging the Gap Between Deuteronomy 15:4 and 15:11 A Thanksgiving Prayer

IMG_3813 Thanksgiving soon will be here,

A grand and special day,

So I opened up the Good Book

To see what it has to say.

 

I find in Deuteronomy

A glorious proclamation:

“There shall be no needy among you

In any land or nation!” (15:4)

 

What a wonderful vision that is!

If only it were true,

But I note a few lines further

We have much work to do!

 

“The poor will never cease to be,” (15:11)

The very next paragraph reads.

How can two such opposite views

Be almost rubbing knees?

 

The answer lies between

The conflicting thoughts we heard,

But we must follow closely

And take to heart God’s words!

 

 

There will be no poor about!

But that can only happen when,

We all work together

To make it “Now,” not “Then!”

 

Yet we know the time’s not near

When all will heed God’s wish

So those of us who really care 

Must step up to the dish.

 

Those of us who’re here today

Are comfortable no doubt.

But all too many on God’s earth 

Surely do without!

 

Without a home to keep them dry

Without clothes to keep them warm,

From snow and sleet and wind and rain,

And every passing storm.

 

Others strive just to exist

Without enough to eat

Try feeding five on minimum wage.

That’s surely no mean feat.

 

 

 

And don’t forget those in our midst

Who have much that they own,

But suffer sadness deep inside

And feel so all alone.

 

Can our hearts make room for them?

Our bounty share at least?

And perhaps invite some to our home

To share Thanksgiving’s feast!

 

Scripture’s charge to us is clear:

There is much still to be done,

Before our world and God’s will

Truly become one!

 

As we give thanks for all our blessings,

With hearts and hands unfurled:

Let’s embrace God’s challenge to us

To repair our broken world!

 

 

 

 

 

4 thoughts on “   Bridging the Gap Between Deuteronomy 15:4 and 15:11 A Thanksgiving Prayer

  1. Your words are always eloquent, timely and inspiring!

    I will do an all-time rapid finger roll in your honor (did it eighteen times as you just read this word)

    Happy, healthy, fulfilling days ahead as T’giving arrives and Hanukkah prepares to cast light upon us all

    Ell

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