He has told you, O mortal, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?
-Micah 6:8, NRSV
I paged through my copy of the United Methodist Book of Worship, looking for something… some prayer… some word to help my heavy heart respond to the (now devastatingly predictable) headlines in the national news. By grace, I found this timely word, this fitting prayer:
Look graciously, O Lord, upon this land.
Where it is in pride, subdue it.
Where it is in need, supply it.
Where it is in error, rectify it.
Where it is in default, restore it.
And where it holds to that which is just and compassionate, support it.
Friends, I hope you’ll join me in praying for our nation today — we need it, perhaps more than ever before. I hope you’ll join me in praying those words of prayer. But even more than that… I hope we’ll not only pray it. I hope we’ll do it. I hope we’ll each commit ourselves to holding “to that which is just and compassionate.” As the prophet Micah reminds us, it’s the very thing God requires of us.
So in this unjust world, friends, hold fast to justice.
In this harsh world, hold fast to compassion.
Do justice and love kindness.
And as you do, remember:
Our God is bigger than coronavirus.
Our vision is bigger than coronavirus, too.
We are people blessing people.
We are Wesley Church.
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