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Waiting…waiting for the world to change…

“But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.”  Amos 5:24 CEB

Advent 2 (1)This text from the prophet Amos was one of three scripture readings that we reflected on in November. God told the covenant people that God was tired of sacrifices and burnt offerings, of the noise of song and the melody of harps.  Instead, what God wants is for the covenant people to live justly and righteously.  Some scripture scholars suggest that Amos’ words are similar to the prophet Micah’s words…”He has told you, human one, what is good and what the Lord requires of you:  to do justice, embrace faithful love and walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8

Our nation has been reminded recently of how much all of us long for and desire justice.  We are keenly aware of the events in Ferguson, in Staten Island and in Cleveland.  Arguably, we live in a nation which is the beacon of hope and justice for others around the globe yet it seems that doing justice is a difficult enterprise.  We live in a world and in a nation plagued with violence, violence visited upon those with weapons and on those without weapons, on those who would seek to harm us and upon those who, in some instances, have been singled out because of their race or ethnicity.  The opening verses of John Mayer’s song “Waiting on the World to Change” express both hope and frustration…

Me and all my friends

We’re all misunderstood

They say we stand for nothing

And there’s no way we ever could

Now we see everything that’s going wrong

With the world and those who lead it

We just feel like we don’t have the means

To rise above and beat it

So we keep waiting (Waiting), waiting on the world to change

We keep on waiting (Waiting), waiting on the world to change

It’s hard to beat the system

When we’re standing at a distance

So we keep waiting (Waiting), waiting on the world to change

Justice is done…it occurs when people act…the scripture texts suggest that it is achieved when people seek to live at peace with one another.  A phrase in the Baptismal Covenant reminds us that justice and peace require our best efforts…”will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?”  I WILL, WITH GOD’S HELP…is our response!

Advent is a time when we are reminded that God has a vision for the way we, God’s covenant people, are called to live.  God’s commonwealth of justice and peace is possible if we are open to the healing and saving grace of the Holy Spirit.  I invite you to consider what actions you might take to do justice in your daily places.  I invite us as a Faith community to consider what actions we might take to do justice in our neighborhood.  To this end, would you incorporate this prayer into your daily prayer:  Keep your Church, alert, Holy Spirit, ready to hear when you are calling, and when you challenge us.  Keep us hopeful, Holy Spirit, knowing that Christ will come again…

In Advent’s hopeful blessing…waiting…waiting for the world to change!

Douglas

Serving as Rector / Pastor

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  1. Robin
    December 6, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    As always, thank you Doug.

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