It was the end of a full and busy day for both of them. Dinner was finished, little Allesandro was in bed, and Guila and Paulo were mellow on the couch - half talking with each other, half watching a home improvement show on TV.
Moments passed and Guila started to laugh. ‘What is it? enquired Paulo. ‘It’s just this show, it’s actually funny, Guila continued. ‘Funny?’ Paulo questioned. ‘Look at it this way,’ chuckled Guila. ‘A couple want their house made over; they go check out the Internet, they find the man, they give him a call. He comes over takes a quick look round, says ‘no problem’ and comes back a few days later with a bunch of guys, a truck load of materials, and a ten cent budget. Then, gazzam! An instant house make-over!
‘Oh, that life was so simple!’ she continued. Neither Paulo nor Guila needed any convincing that things actually require a bit more involvement than that. Guila made her point looking up at the peeling paint on the ceiling, ‘Mark my words Paulo Rossi. I know we’ll get this old place into shape even if it takes us a lifetime.’
The oppressed and needy ask for water, and there is none, their tongue is parched with thirst. I, the Lord, will answer them, I, the God of Israel, will not abandon them. I will make rivers well up on barren heights, and fountains in the midst of valleys; turn the wilderness into a lake, and dry ground into a water spring.- Isaiah 41:17-18
God of the oppressed, your promises ring across the ages stirring in your people a desire for justice. Give us compassion along the way, imagination for the tasks ahead, and faith for the long haul. We ask you this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
People sitting on their porches at night- From ‘Twelve faces of God’ by Doc Long
Summer hangs like a giant watermelon
God whispers, a cool breeze