Deuteronomy 26 1-11v 8 So the Lord brought us our of Egypt with a strong hand and a powerful arm, with overwhelming terror, and with miraculous signs and wonders.’
The Israelites were slaves in Egypt and although large in number were oppressed by their slave masters. They prayed to God to rescue them and led by Moses they left Egypt and now are being given instructions on how to live “when you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you”. They are to take a portion of the harvest from the land to the place where they worship, to remember all the great things that God did for them to bring them to the ‘land flowing with milk and honey”. “Bow to the ground in worship before Him.” Afterwards you may go and celebrate. Remember to include the Levites and the foreigners living among you.”
The journey from slavery to the land of milk and honey was no free ride. Knowing that humans have short memories of bad times God wanted them every time the land was harvested to remember the journey, to put some of the first fruits into a basket to bow down and worship God and then to celebrate with those around. Lent is generally a time for quiet reflection, for thinking of others and your relationship with God. Sundays are not included in the 40 day count in the current church calendar. So celebrate today the bounty that God has given you by donating to a cause that is important to you.
On February 24, Russian military forces began an invasion of Ukraine by land, sea and air. Missiles struck several major cities in Ukraine, including the capital city Kyiv. Casualties continue to grow as Russian soldiers enter the country. Read more about the current crisis in Ukraine. ( MCC Canada) also the Canadian red cross are accepting donations .