And God spoke all these words, saying, "I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. ... You shall not steal.
Exodus 22:9 For every breach of trust, whether it is for an ox, for a donkey, for a sheep, for a cloak, or for any kind of lost thing, of which one says, 'This is it,' the case of both parties shall come before God. The one whom God condemns shall pay double to his neighbor.
It is often difficult for me, Lord, to recognize that that act of someone else placing something in my care, has invoked an element of trust that transcends the value of what I have been given responsibility for. It may be a pet, given to fits of unpleasantness, but You have called me to care for that animal as a sacred trust. It has become a call of service to You.
Today's readings in the Psalms:
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