The Psalmist speaks across the centuries to remind us of a time when “kindness and truth shall meet; justice and peace shall kiss;.(Psalm 85: 11) It has been called a the classic summary of what Yahweh asks in covenant of all humankind. It is what Dr. Martin Luther King jr. calls the “Magna Carta of prophetic religion. (Micah 6:8) God asks this of us: to act justly, to love tenderly and to walk humbly with your God. These three mandates (act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly) cannot be separated according to Thomas H. Groome in “Sharing Faith” as people do justice with loving kindness, their faith as right relationship with God is realized.” So as it was then, so it is now.
Let us pray:
Remind us once yet again o God, the brave dreams of freedom and justice that were born in the hearts of our ancestors. They were willing to work for freedom often granted in policy but not in praxis. They were willing stand, sit down, march and picket in spite of the dangers. We stand on their shoulders today.
Now Lord, shine your light in us in such a way that we see all of humankind as brothers and sisters; shine your light through us to bring a new vision of equality... help us to see that our freedom doesn’t demand the enslavement of others; shine your light on us so that others can see that even though we are marred and broken vessels you still use us as channels of your grace to bring mercy, joy and peace into the lives of our fellow pilgrims on this journey of life. We seek the pure light of thy holiness that we may find our way in this world to do justly, love mercy and walk humbly. In Jesus name, amen.