Friday Focus – India

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One of the reasons I picked the Psalms, when I began this blog, is so many people around the world have read them or do read them. This includes many people of different faiths. Jews, Christians, Muslims, Sikhs and many others, enjoy these beautiful Scriptures which were originally sung as praise songs.

India has been on my heart for many years, even though I have never been there. Ok so ready?

India has about 1.3 billion people now – that’s billion! It’s the second most populated country in the world. When I was growing up we were always told that 1 out of every 4 people in the world is from China.

Well guess what – 1 out of every 5 people in the world is from India. That 20% of the people alive on the earth right now, are from India.

Even though most people are Hindus, there are many religions there. And it’s wrong to think of the country as having only one ethnic group, or language. Depending on how you count them there are more than 300 languages, and some say there are as many as 1,000 languages.

Now you might ask what is the Sikh religion? Well they are actually, monotheistic, worshipping one God, they have a holy book, and their services include a lot of singing praise songs, while sitting on the floor. Some say Sikhism is a blend of Hinduism and Islam, but Sikhs don’t like that at all.

Are there Jews in India? Yes, there were many more, but most of them have emigrated to Israel. To all my Jewish friends it’s Friday night so, Shabbat Shalom!

Besides having anthropology as a serious hobby, I shared this tonight because many of us in the west become sheltered, and wrapped up in our own world, seldom thinking about Asia. So this is a very brief overview.

I know I have readers from all over the world, and some I believe are from India. If you are from India, I’m so glad you’re here!

I wish everyone peace.

    

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Congregations

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Regardless of our religion, faith, or traditions, congregations do become important to us don’t they?

Whether you’re Jewish, Christian, Muslim, or Sikh, houses of worship weave so much of their fabric into our lives, giving more to us than doctrines.

They give to us some of our culture, and certainly some of the way we look at the world.

Perhaps just as important are relationships with fellow believers. But in the U.S. and in many other places, we move around alot.

And connecting with people with the same beliefs can be a real challenge, especially when many of us are consumed with our phones, and social media.

As we grow in our faith maybe we see teachings we don’t agree with anymore. And oh no, suddenly we need to move on!

I’ve written all this because I don’t think we should be Lone Rangers in our faith, but sometimes it can be a real challenge to find out where we belong.

I know it is for me, and I ask for your prayers. I’ve actually been in churches I don’t enjoy!

Lord God help us to find where we fit into Your plan for us. Guide us, lead us, and we pray for Your peace in the journey. Amen!!

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Romans 10:20

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“And Isaiah boldly says,

I was found by those who did not seek me;

I revealed myself to those who did not

ask for me.”

     

Lord God, we know that sometimes you work in our lives,

when we least expect it, or when we think we don’t

need you. Continue to reveal yourself

to each of us, in beautiful ways.

Amen.

   

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quote from the NIV  Bible

The Sixth Day – Creation Ending

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Genesis 1:30-31

“And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground – everything that has the breath of life in it – I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.

God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning – the sixth day.

     

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quote from the NIV Bible

The Fifth Day

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Genesis 1:20, 22-23

And God said, “Let the water team with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of sky.” And God saw that it was good.

God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.”

And there was evening, and there was morning – the fifth day.

      

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quote from the NIV Bible

The Fourth Day

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Genesis 1: 16-19

God made two great lights – the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars.

God set them in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness.

And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning – the fourth day.

       

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quote from the NIV Bible

The Third Day – Part I

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Genesis 1:9-11

And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. God called the dry ground “land”, and the gathered waters he called “seas”.

And God saw that it was good.

Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.”

And it was so.

       

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quote from the NIV Bible

The Second Day

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Genesis 1:6-8

And God said, “Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water.” So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it.

And it was so. God called the expanse “sky”. And there was evening, and there was morning – the second day.

       

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quote from the NIV Bible