Wednesday March 8, 2017
The Seventh Commandment.
You shall not steal.
What does this mean?--Answer.
We should fear and love God that we may not take our neighbor's money or property, nor get them by false ware or dealing, but help him to improve and protect his property and business [that his means are preserved and his condition is improved].
How do we steal in our daily lives? Perhaps more often than we know, some good or service that we receive comes at a cost to another – an unfair wage, unsafe working condition, or a lack of goods entirely - because of our overconsumption. Buying fair trade goods (coffee or chocolate) or local produce or not creating food waste might seem like miniscule actions on the scale of the world, but together those actions create a society less prone to theft and help us to fulfill this commandment.
Prayer: Give of all good, help us not to steal by our desires and demands, but grant that we might support the creation of a just society for all your children. Amen.
Greetings and peace be with you,
Throughout Lent, the Lutheran Camping Corporation will be sending out daily devotions for your use. We invite you to read and reflect upon these devotions as part of your Lenten discipline.
This devotion, written by Pastor Clifton Eshbach, includes one of the texts from the daily lectionary in Evangelical Lutheran Worship, as well as some prayers and hymns from ELW that may be used in your Lenten discipline of study and reflection.