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The first response to any crisis is prayer; urgent and honest prayer. Before we turn to money managers and governments, let’s turn to the Maker of the Universe.

Max Lucado

You Have Our Attention, Lord
A prayer by Max Lucado – October 2008

Our friends lost their house
The co-worker lost her job
The couple next door lost their retirement
It seems that everyone is losing their footing
This scares us. This bailout with billions.
These rumblings of depression.
These headlines: ominous, thunderous –
“Going Broke!” “Going Down!” “Going Under!” “What’s Next?”
What is next?
We’re listening. And we’re admitting: You were right.
You told us this would happen.
You shot straight about loving stuff and worshipping money.
Greed will break your heart, You warned.
Money will love you and leave you.
Don’t put your hope in riches that are so uncertain.
You were right. Money is a fickle lover and we just got dumped.
We were wrong to spend what we didn’t have.
Wrong to neglect prayer and ignore the poor.
Wrong to think we ever earned a dime. We didn’t. You gave it. And now, tell us Father, are You taking it?
We’re listening. And we’re praying.
Could you make something good out of this mess?
Of course You can. You always have.
You led slaves out of slavery,
Built temples out of ruins,
Turned stormy waves into a glassy pond and water into sweet wine.
This disorder awaits your order. So do we.
Through Christ,
Amen

God will always give what is right to His people who cry to Him night and day, and He will not be slow to answer them. (Luke 18:7 NCV)

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Lipstick in School

 Lipstick in School (Priceless!)
               
                 According to a news report, a certain private school
                 in Washington was recently faced with a unique
                 problem. A number of 12-year-old girls were beginning
                 to use lipstick and would put it on in the bathroom.
                 That was fine, but after they put on their lipstick,
they would
                 press their lips to the mirror leaving dozens of little lip prints.
               
                 Every night the maintenance man would remove them,
                 and the next day the girls would put them back.
               
                 Finally the principal decided that something had to
                 be done. She called all the girls to the bathroom and
                 met them there with the maintenance man. She
                 explained that all these lip prints were causing a
                 major problem for the custodian who had to clean the
                 mirrors every night (you can just imagine the yawns
                 from the little princesses).
               
                 To demonstrate how difficult it had been to clean
                 the mirrors, she asked the maintenance man to show the
                 girls how much effort was required.
               
                 He took out a long-handled squeegee, dipped it in
                 the toilet, and cleaned the mirror with it.
               
                 Since then, there have been no lip prints on the
                 mirror.
               
                 There are teachers … and then there are educators.
               

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