Hi there! I haven’t written in awhile–because my life has been very, very busy of late. You too? And so it has gone with life in the U.S. and throughout the world, I guess. Even today, time won’t permit me to write a lot. But I wanted to share with you a few kingdom- and equity-related images and just offer some brief words about each.
Above is my depiction of the Wall of Moms we saw in the Portland, Oregon, protests. These were moms and non-moms (but initially organized by a mom) who wanted to show up as a large group at the protests to form a wall of protection around the young protesters. “Moms are here! Feds stay clear!” was their chant. What a good, heartwarming sentiment and what a bold action! Hats off to you, moms of Portland and protectors of the vulnerable everywhere!
This image illustrates the second commandment Jesus gave us (after “Love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength”): Love your neighbor as yourself. There are so many ways to do this, and loving our neighbors is very much needed everywhere today. And so essential in God’s kingdom! Of course, the most important thing is to remember to do it, and do it even if it’s a little hard or awkward!
This drawing shows people and angels offering food and help (a hand up) to others. Let’s look for opportunities in our own lives to lift people up and make sure they have the food and other necessities of life they need. Let’s use our imaginations to figure out how to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly. YES, WE CAN!
When we stand up for justice and equity, we increase their presence and force in the world. Let’s keep on keeping on with work for equity and against racism that will “let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.” (Amos 5:24)
We can proclaim liberty for ourselves and for others who are being held captive by racism, sexism, and other forms or oppression. When we show up to protect others, to love them, and to lift them up, we are helping defeat the forces that hold us and everybody down, and helping bring about the day when justice will roll down like waters, and righteousness like a life-giving stream that never ends. Let’s do it whenever and wherever we can!