Thought for the Week 23 February 2020

Anglican Mothers Union Australia

Fair Trade

Lent begins this week and we enter the desert with Jesus. St Mark records that the Spirit drove Jesus and we don’t need to imagine his reluctance – we feel it often when faced with a task or responsibility that is uncomfortable, even dreaded. Leaning back, heels dug in, we are pushed to face some home truths. The topic of Fair Trade demands that we look at our responsibility when it comes to how goods are distributed and sold. Lord, give us courage to ask ourselves if the food and clothing we buy has meant hunger and exploitation for others, and destruction of their culture and livelihood.

The righteous know the rights of the poor; the wicked have no such understanding. Proverbs 29:7

We give thanks for members’ work that upholds the values of fair trade, helping people and their communities to take control of their lives with dignity. We ask God’s blessing on their environmental protection work so that farming will flourish despite the challenges of climate change.