Speak Up/Speak Out for Justice
The 40 days of Lent provide an excellent opportunity to study God's Divine Word and gain new insights for mission and ministry. After a close reading of the Book of Micah, I began to think about sacrifices and resolutions as well as charitable work projects that help honor God by helping others and strengthening our faith. Lent is an ideal time to devote time to prayer about what we can do for others.
Today's reading shows how we can find hope for the future by looking to our past relationship with God and others. As United Methodist Women members, we can pray and examine our conscience and make an assessment of what we have done lately to demonstrate the part of the PURPOSE of the United Methodist Women, which states, “to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ.” The ability of marginalized groups of people to experience freedom as whole persons is impossible unless consciousness is raised and focused on issues of justice and injustices.
This scriptural passage should help remind us, when we, like Micah, model Micah's deep sensitivity to the social ills of his day, as they impact the community, we are making it possible for person's to experience freedom as whole persons.
Micah answered God's call to serve in a role of prophetic visionary and social justice advocate to help meet essential human needs in the community. He used his voice to promote personal empowerment and wholeness in the absence of socially just distribution of resources to persons struggling to survive. Micah confronted unjust social, economic and political systems by speaking up and speaking out as an advocate for persons who were powerless to speak up for themselves.
Marcy-Newberry Association is a United Methodist Women supported institution. Our 127-year-old agency provides direct social services to low-income children and families who are experiencing financial difficulties, child care needs, food insecurity, and financial distress caused by lack of access to equitable distribution of resources. Like Micah, we have accepted God's call to serve in a social justice advocacy role to speak out for our program participants, interceding on their behalf to help with problem resolution and help them gain access to critical life services.
We are grateful to God, for the community of United Methodist Women, which continues to support us in the life changing work we do to help persons experience freedom as whole persons in Jesus Christ. Thank you for your prayers! Thank you as you keep speaking up and speaking out publically about social, economic and political injustice.
O God, as we travel our Lenten journey, touch our minds hearts as we examine our lives to determine ways to honor the suffering of your Son, Jesus. Bless us as we raise our prayers and voices in your name and in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit. Amen.