January 2

Read James 3:13-18

Presbyterians are called to look at the world using a lens of abundance. There is enough food and housing for all. Presbyterians are also called to be truth-tellers. People are hungry not because America has a lack of food, but because the minimum wage is not enough to feed a family. People live outdoors not because America has a lack of housing, but because America has a lack of affordable and compassionate housing. Hoarding wealth is a sign and symptom of bitter jealousy, selfish ambition, and living in ways that deny the truth. A select few owning the majority of wealth and power is disordered and evil. The Kingdom of God does not look like that. How is God calling you to cry out with wisdom from above? How is God calling you to sow the seeds of justice by your peaceful acts? The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, God’s mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. The kindom of God breaks forth when we speak the truth of God’s abundance.

Pray

God of abundant love, grant us hearts to understand injustice for what it is. Grant us strong voices to cry out against disorder and everything that is evil. Replace our selfishness with wisdom from above. Sow seeds of justice by our peaceful acts. Grant us strength for the struggle.

Rev. Beatrix Weil

Chaplain

Rhodes College

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