The thought behind the photo:
SCRIPTURE: Micah 6:8 NRSV
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?
Do justice and love kindness and walk humbly with your God
It’s all about the “and”. – Lisa Degrenia <><
Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief.
Do justly, now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly, now.
You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.
Encourage by Steve Garnaas Holmes
The blind receive their sight, the lame walk,
the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised,
and the poor have good news brought to them. – Matthew 11.5
Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees.
Say to those who are of a fearful heart,
“Be strong, do not fear! Here is your God.
The Holy One is coming in triumph, with unassailable justice.
– Isaiah 35.3-4
Isaiah promises a world in which “sorrow and sighing will flee away.” For those who know grief or despair, who suffer oppression or abuse, who face injustice or violence— dare they hope for such a day? And if they do, what could give them that hope?
Maybe it will be you. You be the one. God has sent you, a messenger, to prepare a way. Every choice you make, ask yourself, does this give hope or make life better for the powerless? Live your life in such a way that each moment is an act of encouragement for the poor and outcast, for those who wait. In all that you do, be a light in their darkness. God’s grace is in you to do this.
The December 13, 2013 devotion from http://umrethinkchurch.tumblr.com
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 72:1-5 NRSV
Give the king your justice, O God, and your righteousness to a king’s son. May he judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with justice. May the mountains yield prosperity for the people, and the hills, in righteousness. May he defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the needy, and crush the oppressor. May he live while the sun endures, and as long as the moon, throughout all generations.
It’s been said that if you want to judge the effectiveness of a leader, or the values of a society, look at how they “defend the cause of the poor” or “give deliverance to the needy” [verse 4].
What characteristics do you desire in a good leader? Are these the characteristics you may also find in yourself?
Verse 18 goes on to say, “Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous things.” But we each are called to participate in these wondrous things. What it looks like for each of us varies.
“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love,” Mother Theresa once wrote. What are those things you are called to do with great love so that justice, righteousness and peace might reign?
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