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.
All over the world, children of God seek to cross walls meant to keep them out and deadly waters indifferent to their suffering. Yet we, as God’s children, are bound to all our siblings who are seeking better lives. But how do we take responsibility for them? First, we feel concern for them. Then, we must move to action to save lives in dangerous situations; lessen the existence of poverty and suffering that motivates dangerous journeys; and comfort those afflicted at every stage of migration. Our belovedness and inclusion in the kingdom of heaven demands no less.
—Cory Driver with Britney Winn Lee, Rally: Communal Prayers for Lovers of Jesus and Justice (Fresh Air Books, 2020)
Which actions could you take to demonstrate concern for God’s children who are in danger? Join the conversation.
Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.
—Hebrews 13:2 (NRSV)
ONE: Jesus: the way, truth and life, help us to walk in your ways.
ALL: You told us when we love the stranger we are, in fact, loving you.
Lord, help us to love the stranger, our neighbor!
ONE: God, create in us a compulsion not to stand idly by.
ALL: Lord, stir us up to holy action lest the blood of our neighbor be shed.
For the glory of your name and the love of our siblings in Christ. Amen!
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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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