Dua from the Qur'an #30
رَبِّ اغْفِرْ لِي وَلِوَالِدَيَّ وَلِمَن دَخَلَ بَيْتِيَ مُؤْمِنًا وَلِلْمُؤْمِنِينَ وَالْمُؤْمِنَاتِ وَلَا تَزِدِ الظَّالِمِينَ إِلَّا تَبَارًا
"My Lord, forgive me and my parents and whoever enters my house a believer and the believing men and believing women. And do not increase the wrongdoers except in destruction."
Note: This dua was made by Noo? (Noah) (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) after his people denied his message from Allah.
rab-bigh-fir lee wa li-waa-li-day-ya wa li-man dakhala bay-ti-ya mu’mi-nan wa lil-mu’mi-neena wal-mu’mi-naati wa laa tazid-iẓ-ẓaali-meena il-laa ta-baaraa
Sources: Surah Nooḥ(71:28)
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The two lists
I’m a planner by nature. So I’ve always got a list.
It could be as simple as the list of stuff I need to get the next time I’m at the store.
Or it could be something complicated and important. Like the list that I make when I’m planning a trip, covering all of the moving parts. The things that have to happen before and during my trip.
That’s one kind of list. Not everybody uses that kind of list. But there’s another kind of list. One that all of us use. Of the things that we take along with us.
A lot of the time it’s unspoken. But for each of us, it’s the list that really matters.
It’s our list of how we want things to be, of how we think things should work out. Of what we want to happen, what we hope will happen, what we need to happen.
Consciously or unconsciously, this list is the one that we live by. And it lists the things that we take along with us.
Because the things on that list are the things that take up our time and energy. The things that we depend on. The things we think we need.
But our list? It’s not the only list. There’s another list. God’s list. Of the things that God knows we need.
The thing is, you and I can only carry so much stuff.
Which means that everything on our list, everything we think we need that we take along, takes up space. Space that’s needed for something on the other list. The list of the things that God knows we need.
This is what’s going on behind those odd sounding instructions that Jesus gives to the Twelve in today’s Gospel – “Take nothing for the journey, neither walking stick, nor sack, nor food, nor money, and let no one take a second tunic.”
It’s not that their list is a bad one. It sounds like a lot of common-sense stuff. Stuff you would want to take along for a long-distance journey on foot. But that’s not all that’s going on here.
There’s a conflict. Between the two lists.
Between the things on their list, on our list – and the things on God’s list.
The point is not to be unprepared.
The point is to make certain that you don’t get so weighed down with your own stuff that you don’t have room for the things that God wants to give you, the things that you really need.
Even if that means getting rid of things that you think you need.
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