Note: This week’s New Every Morning reflections are 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 reflection and over 50 call-and-response prayers known as litanies.
God is able to do exceedingly and abundantly more than we can ask for, think about, or imagine. When we recognize injustice, what we can ask for, think about, or imagine may seem like an insufficient response to the injuries affecting us. Feeling unequal to the task, we may avoid doing anything.
Our individual responses—or even our institutional ones—in fact may be insufficient. Those possibilities notwithstanding, there is another, deeper truth: God uses seemingly insufficient things to effect justice, to bring about freedom.
—Andrew Wilkes with Britney Winn Lee, Rally: Communal Prayers for Lovers of Jesus and Justice (Fresh Air Books, 2020)
How is God using your small steps to bring about justice and freedom? Join the conversation.
Glory to God, who is able to do far beyond all that we could ask or imagine by his power at work within us.
—Ephesians 3:20 (CEB)
ONE: We seek justice with discernment, rejecting the false ideal of having to
know everything before starting anything.
ALL: All-wise God, help us distinguish between essential facts and nonessential
perspectives so that we can take informed action for justice.
ONE: One small step to undo oppression is greater than an ambitious, undone
ALL: Give us the strength to begin the work and the stamina to complete
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.
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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