October devotion: Be Praised, My Lord
Many congregations will remember Francis of Assisi this month by blessing pets and service animals–always a popular event! But Francis was so much more than a sweet little fellow in monk’s robes who liked to feed the birds. He saw all creation as a sign of God’s loving kindness and sought to live in harmony with God’s beloved world.
In many ways, ELCA World Hunger follows in the footsteps of Francis of Assisi by promoting sustainable development in communities at risk. Sustainability, as wise farmers know, means caring for the earth and water and air so that those who will come after us will be able to enjoy earth’s abundance in their turn.
Sustainability is important for Women of the ELCA, too. Your generous giving strengthens all the expressions of our beloved community of women so that those who come after us will be able to enjoy this ministry in their turn.
You can help promote sustainable development by giving generously to ELCA World Hunger through Women of the ELCA. You can promote sustainability for our organization by making an equal gift to Women of the ELCA, marked “Where needed most.” Your good stewardship of the earth and of our community of women will make a difference in the lives of people you may never meet–but we know it will make a difference in your own.
Francis of Assisi wrote his “Canticle of the Sun” in the spring of 1225, praising God through all God’s beloved and beautiful creation. Let us pray in Francis’s beautiful words:
Most high, all powerful, all good Lord!
All praise is yours, all glory, all honor, and all blessing.
To you alone, Most High, do they belong.
No mortal lips are worthy to pronounce your name.
Be praised, my Lord, through all your creatures,
especially through my lord Brother Sun,
who brings the day; and you give light through him.
And he is beautiful and radiant in all his splendor!
Of you, Most High, he bears the likeness.
Be praised, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars;
in the heavens you have made them bright, precious and beautiful.
Be praised, my Lord, through Brothers Wind and Air,
and clouds and storms, and all the weather,
through which you give your creatures sustenance.
Be praised, my Lord, through Sister Water;
she is very useful, and humble, and precious, and pure.
Be praised, my Lord, through Brother Fire,
through whom you brighten the night.
He is beautiful and cheerful, and powerful and strong.
Be praised, my Lord, through our sister Mother Earth,
who feeds us and rules us,
and produces various fruits with colored flowers and herbs.
. . .
Praise and bless my Lord, and give thanks,
and serve him with great humility.
How to Give
Please download a copy of Transmittal Form B, found here. Fill it in as shown in the example, and mail it with your check to the address printed on the form. Thank you!
September devotion: Secrets to happiness
August devotion: Sustaining stewardship
July devotion: How does your garden grow?
June devotion: Practicing gratitude
May devotion: "Easy for her!"
April devotion: Rebuking the fever
March devotion: Prophecies and visions
February devotion: Giving thanks for Bold Women
January devotion: Treasure chest