Justice. This powerful word echoes in my heart from Bishop Michael Curry’s message on love at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. His proclamation, “When love is the way, we will let justice roll down like a mighty stream and righteousness like an ever-flowing brook,” comes in part from a passage in Amos. Passionate words attributed to Martin Luther King, Jr. from his ‘I Have A Dream’ speech.
Bishop Curry’s words provoke me to think, “millions of people all around the world are listening to this!”
How often do words seep into the soul of the people in such a profound manner? Will the world change because he spoke out? Or will the world change when we put his words into action?
I see that a person’s words have the power to change a life. A motivated person takes the word they heard and does something with it. That’s how the world changes, through action.
Through action, political, spiritual, or environmental movements take root. Action fuels growth. Passion propels us forward. Courage seeks a home in our hearts and reveals itself in our choice to act.
A few weeks ago I wrote about violence in the Caribbean. I believe that justice is the heart cry of each victim.
The Psalmist echoes this cry for justice:
“Hear my voice according to your loving-kindness;
O LORD, revive me according to your justice.”
Psalms 119:149 NKJ
We need to listen to this cry.
My prayer is for a mighty flood of restorative justice for victims of abuse and violence. And I’m praying for a river of righteousness to flow through our homes, churches, workplaces, schools, and throughout countries around the world.
May all who are broken find hope, healing, and wholeness in the waters of justice and righteousness.
Won’t you join me in prayer? Let’s pray for God’s justice to be done in those who have been broken.