“But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!” In these times, let us remember these words from Amos. Even with setbacks, let us keep justice rolling like a river over all in its path.
As we read article after article, hear report after report, scroll social media post after post, of Black Lives and Black Trans Lives being unjustly taken away; rampant violence against Asian Americans; atrocities on the poor and siblings with mental health disabilities through social and economic policies; perpetuated unfounded doubt on science; racial inequities in all aspects of our lives, let our lips constantly stream calls for righteousness.
As we sit and ponder how hopeless it all feels and what can we do, let us take stock and push ourselves out of our comfort zones, be willing to get on that raft, with the river--sometimes dangerous, sometimes rapid-- but forever rolling in the right direction.
Let us be listening, waiting, ready, and willing when we hear our siblings ask for help.
Listen with attentiveness to what our siblings need.
Wait patiently if our siblings ask us to.
Ready ourselves by educating ourselves before helping.
Be willing at any given moment to interchangeably walk side by side, behind, or in front.
It is not hopeless; life is full of small victories that keep the river rolling.
In the words of Dr. Martin Luther Jr. “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”
Be not weary fellow social justice warriors, our work is bountiful but is not in vain.
Let all the people say,
PRAYER SUBMITTED BY:
MONTEL CHERRY (she/her/hers)
MCC New York.