Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 8.20.12

My son, if sinners entice you, don’t be persuaded…. my son, don’t travel that road with them or set foot on their path, because their feet run toward trouble
and they hurry to commit murder. It is foolish to spread a net where any bird can see it, but they set an ambush to kill themselves; they attack their own lives. Such are the paths of all who make profit dishonestly; it takes the lives of those who receive it.

Proverbs 1:10, 15-19 HCSB

Pray
Father today I pray to be led away from temptation. I pray for my fellow brothers and sisters who share in the honor of being Your child. I pray that they resist temptation and the urge to get rich by any means necessary, even if it means harming others.

I pray that those who inject poison into our communities realize that as they slowly kill off our people, they too kill themselves. May Your children see that ill-gotten gain has negative consequences, and that nothing in life comes easy.

Father may Your children value others lives as much as they do their own, and their most beloved person. Warm our hearts to forgive others, even when the pain seems unbearable—because forgiveness is more for the one harmed than the one who caused harm.

May we always seek You first. In Your son, the Redeemer’s, name I pray. Amen.

Reflection
After painfully watching the “reality” TV show, “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” over the weekend in an attempt to explain to my boyfriend the “dis-ease” that has plagued our communities and culture in the U.S (and abroad)—it dawned on me that the only way to heal this leprosy is to snatch out the root cause that is eating us alive. There is a requirement to reinvent or recreate the image or concept so that it exudes life, health, and light.

Our communities are plagued with a belief that being a thug or temptress is a sign of power and influence. Men inflicted with this “dis-ease” try to prove how big and bad they are by inflicting as much pain as possible on others, while the women are more concerned with showing off their external “ass-ets” than relying on their intelligence to help them achieve goals.

There are groups of people who don’t even realize that they are slowly but surely killing themselves. This hard life ages them, weakens them, and exposes them to a number of vulnerabilities that lead to their demise.

The person who pimps their community will also be violated. The person who injects poison into their community will succumb to that poison. The person who shoots a bullet into their community, must expect a bullet to enter their very own body. A person who steals from their community will be left penniless. A person who uses their body sexually to gain perceived leverage in life will find themselves undesirable and worthless by all. A person who lies will never find peace.

We must pray for these people. We must pray that they feel and recognize God’s presence in their lives and that they stop their ways and rebrand their image so that instead of destroying our communities, they can rebuild them, and be a beacon for generations to come. Let’s pray for, encourage, and demonstrate the way!

Love,

Natasha

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