Scripture of the Day
What does the Holy One require of you, but to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with your God. (
There’s not much nuance to be added to this one for me. It’s pretty straightforward. Whatever I do — from Sunday morning worship to the 5k charity walk, from your private prayers all the way to my public preaching, from my going to the gym even to my buying a round for my friends — it better come from and lead back to three things: justice, kindness, and humility. Justice, not in the sense of revenge but reconciliation. True justice regains the enemy as a friend; it does not exact pleasure or relief from punishment. Kindness, not in the sense of polite niceties, but a deeper recognition of another’s humanity and my need for them to survive. And humility, in the sense that I never presume I have learned anything or enough.
God, bring me back from my piety and my routine to the foundation of faith itself. Teach me a day-to-day justice that is embodied both by confronting evil and promoting holiness. Teach me a day-to-day kindness that moderates my temper and lengthens my patience. Teach me a day-to-day humility that does not needlessly hide what brilliance I have, but also knows that brilliance exists in many people and in many ways. Amen.