Advent 2009

December 11 – Friday of the second week in Advent

Today's thought

The Global Financial Crisis of 2008-2009 pulled the whole world up sharply. Having brought on the crisis through their greed, many global and local companies have gone on to survive.  They did so mostly through government hand-outs taken from the savings of the world’s poor. Will the poor ever get their money back?

Prior to the crisis there were voices pointing to it. Few listened to them. During the crisis there were further voices calling for change. Again, few seem to be listening. Now, even before the crisis has receded, the old ways have returned. Has the world learnt little? Or does it lack the political will to act?

What were the Rapanui people thinking the day they chopped down the last tree on Easter Island?  What were they talking about as they battered the ecosystem to death? People find change difficult, multinational organisations even more so.  The latter may move from country to country, but their ways of operating remain the same. It is hard to listen to the prophets, scientists, think-tanks and research institutes who suggest it is time to make a beyond-greed change, a systemic change. The prophets seek change for humanity’s sake, for the planet’s sake.

Scripture

I lead you in the way you must go.  If only you had been alert to my commandments, your happiness would have been like a river, your integrity like the waves of the sea.
- Isaiah 48:17c-18

Prayer

Lord of all, we bless you for the gifts of life and love. Inspire us to walk the way of Jesus - a way without power, a way beyond greed. Make us worthy stewards of the earth so that our care for creation may remain your glory. Amen.

Poetry extract 

We must become humble
must turn on tune in and never drop out of politicising
empathising celebrating and poeticising the run of your life madness
characterising this all too human race. 
- From “Orchids for an American Twentieth Century” by Karen Williams