Note: This week’s New Every Morning is structured differently to follow the format of our featured title, Rally: Communal Prayers for Lovers of Jesus and Justice, which addresses issues of social justice through a compilation of reflections and call-and-response prayers known as litanies.
I am a person of strong conviction and intense moral righteousness. I have a lot of ideas about how I think a “true Christian” should live in this world, and none of them is fainthearted. I don’t think Christians should make much money, so they can ally with the marginalized. I believe we must live very simply to care for the earth—leave fossil fuels behind, grow our food, try not to produce trash. I don’t think we should perpetuate war, and I feel racism and the love of money are major demons in this world. By now you get what I mean. Maybe you don’t want to meet me at a party. God’s little joke is that many of the beautiful Christians I love deeply don’t share any of these convictions.
—Dee Dee Risher, “Ears to Hear: A Litany for Listening One to the Other,” Rally: Communal Prayers for Lovers of Jesus and Justice, edited and compiled by Britney Winn Lee (Fresh Air Books, 2020)
How do you manage your relationships with other Christians who don’t share your convictions?
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You must make every effort to support your faith with goodness, and goodness with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with endurance, and endurance with godliness, and godliness with mutual affection, and mutual affection with love.
—2 Peter 1:5-7 (NRSV)
ONE: O moving Spirit, displace us from our convictions
ALL: Into prayer.
ONE: Move us from our certainty
ALL: Into all we do not know.
ONE: Change us from warriors of righteousness
ALL: To people who know brokenness in ourselves and others.
ONE: Crack open our certain hearts,
ALL: Until we can whisper in the hollow spaces, “We may not be right.”
—Dee Dee Risher, “Ears to Hear: A Litany for Listening One to the Other”
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The final litany from Rally was written by Britney Winn Lee in the beginning days of the global pandemic. This prayer reminds us that hope endures; goodness prevails; people surprise us; and love cannot, has not, will not fail. Watch and listen.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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