May God bless us with discomfort
At easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships
So that we may live deep within our hearts.
May God bless us with anger
At injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people
So that we may work for justice, freedom, and peace.
May God bless us with tears
To shed for those who suffer pain, rejection, hunger and war,
So that we may reach out our hands to comfort them and turn their pain into joy.
And may God bless us with enough foolishness
To believe that we can make a difference in the world.
So that we can do what others claim cannot be done:
To bring justice and kindness to all our children
and all our neighbors who are poor. Amen.”
– A Franciscan Benediction
“ … the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to [Jesus].
Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:
The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.
Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down.
The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him.
He began by saying to them,
‘Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.’”
– Jesus, in his inaugural address
Moving From the Head to The Heart
- Do you ever think of “discomfort … anger … tears … and ‘foolishness'” as things to ask from God? Is it important to you that oppressed and exploited people be helped? Can you take a moment to ask God what, if anything, he wants you to do, when it comes to the injustice in our world?
- Have you accepted the idea that it’s impossible to “make a difference in the world?”
- Does your faith allow you to pray a prayer like the one above? Does it constrain you to?
Abba, what is it I can do about injustice in my world?
These “Daily Riches” are for your encouragement as you seek after God, and as he seeks after you. My goal is to give you something of uncommon value each day. I hope you’ll follow my blog, and share it. I appreciate your interest! – Bill (Psalm 90:14)