Tuesday 28 March 2023

Believers' Prayer Meeting with The Saint | R 16 W 2 D 2.

Welcome to The Upper Room. So glad you made it.

Happy Thirty-Fifth Day of the Lenten Season.

We continue with our meditations in The Book of Daniel. We are on verses 2 and 3 of Chapter 10, The Daniel Fast. It reads,

"In those days I, Daniel, was mourning for three full weeks. I ate no pleasant food, no meat or wine came into my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled."

We continue with our meditations and discussion on "A Fasted Life" compared to "Intermittent Fasting," as we dissect Isaiah 58. We move to verse 7. It reads,

“Is it not to share your bread with the hungry,
And that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out;
When you see the naked, that you cover him,
And not hide yourself from your own flesh?"

When you see the naked, that you cover him:

What does it mean to be naked? Who is naked? Yes, in everyday physical terms, that is plain. More like the last two sessions, we have emphasized the need to respond to needs in our environment, ecosystem, and the world as a whole. 

We are here to make an impact and leave our definite mark for the betterment of civilization, and humanity as a whole. Yet, there is more to nakedness than a mere lack of physical covering. The scriptures tells us of our first parents being "naked and not ashamed."

Nakedness in a sense can be that which brings shame. One that makes one not have self-esteem, self-confidence, the right self-image, and or identity. It is being out of sync with who one is, and one's roots. Hence, no backing (affirmation) from where to get wings and soar.

My native language proverb says, "people are clothes." In effect, "people provide cover." Woe to the person who has no one to provide cover for him or her. None of us can do this life all on our own. We need each other. We make a difference to and with one another.

My Pastor once preached the message, "Let friends carry you." The popular African Proverb says, “If you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go together.” Life is a marathon, not a sprint. Direction is far more important than speed.

Proverbs 11:14 tells us, "Where there is no counsel, the people fall; but in the multitude of counselors there is safety." The word safety here can be substituted with the words, "coverage, protection, and insurance," amongst others.

Proverbs 15:22 tells us, "Without counsel, plans go awry, but in the multitude of counselors they are established." Where there is covering plans are accomplished. 

We are called to be the cover to others.

The Saint.

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