I will praise you, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will tell of all your marvelous works. (Psalm 9:1)
Holy Spirit, guide each of us in this diocese in speaking of the marvelous works of God in our lives.
I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High. (Psalm 9:2)
Father, thank you for the joy that you give us each day in knowing that you have adopted us and take us into your heart.
The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. (Psalm 9:9)
Jesus, be a refuge for Bishop Mark Lawrence and the people of the Diocese of South Carolina. Be a refuge for all your faithful people in this time of trouble in the Episcopal Church.
And those who know your name will put their trust in you; for you, LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you. (Psalm 9:10)
Jesus, please help us all to know the power of your name and put our trust in you, for you have not forsaken those who seek you. Thank you.
Sing praises to the LORD, who dwells in Zion! Declare his deeds among the people. (Psalm 9:11)
LORD, no matter what happens in the Episcopal Church, help us daily sing your praise and declare your mighty deeds among the people. Thank you.
A word received: Trust in me. Trust in my provision for you. I AM faithful.
Monday: 25 * 9, 15; Ecclus. 4:20-5:7: Rev. 7:1-8: Luke 9:51-62
Tuesday: 26, 28 * 36, 39; Ecclus. 6:5-17: Rev. 7:9-17: Luke 10:1-16
Notes from the Front Line
***** Bishop Grant and Doctor Wendy LeMarquand
Listening and Learning
Language learning is about sharing and relationship. Our Amharic class is self- dubbed, ‘The Ferenge Show’ because of the particular giftedness we Ferenge (‘foreigners’) seem to have for causing our Ethiopian friends to weep with laughter. In fact, we love nothing better than to share stories of our latest spectacular failures in communication. One classmate left her egg seller bewildered when she asked for, “One dozen frogs, please”, and gave the man who grabbed her arm on the street a totally wrong impression when she responded, “Ow!” – which is the Amharic word for “Yes!” Together we are discovering, in language, an interwoven tapestry of communication and culture, meaning and relationship.
It was the story of the Afar that brought this home most vividly to me. Imagine with me that you are in the tribal court of the Afar, listening with the elders gathered to hear a case. Arguments and counter arguments are put forth. Then everyone is quiet. In poetry, the elder designate stands and sings the two sides of the case. Only now is it legitimate. Only now the arguments, presented in song, poetry and metaphor, are ready to be decided upon.
The Afar dictionary is a fraction of the thickness of those of other languages. But one sentence in metaphor, conveys the essence of an entire story, culturally nuanced to convey much more than the spoken word. Leaders must undergo years of training in eloquence before being given the honour and responsibility of judging the words of another. When we learn a language, we get to learn a people.