Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let us go out to the field.” And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel, and killed him. Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” He said, “I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?” And the Lord said, “What have you done? Listen; your brother’s blood is crying out to me from the ground!-Genesis 4:8-11
Yes, you are your brother (and sister)’s keeper. Yet we too often approach the world around us with suspicion. Fear says you must compete and others seek your life. But facts say we are better off when we work together and that Americans are safer today than they’ve been in decades. Faith calls us to quiet our fears and reach out with love. [hear sermon audio]
This week, take some time to dive into these scriptures and questions during your devotion time.
- Find a news story about something that worries you or makes you afraid. Take note of who is quoted and how they use statistics (if they do). Now try and find the same event reported in at least two other sources.
- What facts are consistent? Can you verify them?
- Who uses language that elicits fear? What do they have to gain from you being afraid?
- Faithful responses are shaped by love of neighbor. How could you respond to this story with love of all involved?
- Lectio Divina: Find a quiet place where you can focus. Choose one of the scriptures above. Read through it slowly aloud. Listen for a phrase or image that captures your attention. Read it a second time and try to hone in on a word. Take some time to ponder that workd and image. Share with God what you hear and ask how this should shape you today. REad the passage once more giving thanks for God’s word to you.
- Take a picture of something you fear or use the one from last week. Write out why you fear this and share it in our Facebook group or on Twitter and Instagram (tag us @dpumc).