“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
The Prophet Micah lived during the 8th century BCE, somewhere near Jerusalem. Many of his oracles, and writings, like other prophets, were about judgement, doom and gloom. But Micah also had a spirit of hope throughout his writings, and particularly in his later work. The verse above offers hope, and gives a clear, concise direction about what it is that God asks of us: Do justice, love kindness, walk humbly with God. Generations later, Jesus, whose message was all about justice, kindness and humility, would give pretty much the same message: “Love one another as I have loved you.”
Good words for us to remember as we navigate these often challenging times.
Let us pray:
Almighty and everlasting God, you govern all things both in heaven and on earth: Mercifully hear the supplications of your people, and in our time grant us your peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
— Collect for the Fourth Sunday after Epiphany
Lord God Almighty, you have made all the peoples of the earth for your glory, to serve you in freedom and in peace: Give to the people of our country a zeal for justice and the strength of forbearance, that we may use our liberty in accordance with your gracious will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
— Prayer for The Nation, Bcp p 258
O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
— Prayer for the Human Family, Bcp 815
Peace and Blessing,