Today’s reflection is from the Rev. Dr. Paul Reiter.

Recently I have been thinking about why I am so passionate about justice. Maybe it is because my parents included in the Bible I received from LeJune Presbyterian Church in 6th grade a face plate that said:  Micah 6:8 “And what does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.” It went on to say “May these words guide you throughout your life.”  That Bible gave up its tattered cover in 1970 when I was working in the library at Union Seminary in Richmond studying for the ministry and I recovered it, and it has lasted me 50 more years.

Maybe it was because my father who worked for the postal service in Miami in the Personnel Department worked to change policies addressing the hiring inconsistencies that allowed qualified African-Americans to be passed over.  Maybe it was because my mother and father often got in trouble challenging the “Whites Only” signs on the rest room doors and water fountains in my neighborhood. I remember the mean phone calls, the signs left on our family home front door.
But the faithfulness continued. And as a result when I became a pastor and served in Brandon, FL, I was compelled to do more then the “kindness ministries” that were a part of church life – and started working for housing for Haitian and Hispanic Farm workers in Wimauma as part of the ministry of Beth-el Mission where 8-12 persons were crammed into a mobile home where each paid $700 a month. I didn’t get signs on my front door, but I did get letters from the growers in the congregation telling me “I just didn’t understand.”  Some even chose to leave the church. What is there not to understand about “doing justice, loving kindness, and walking humbly with God?” I am glad that Pine Shores is affiliated with SURE. I am glad that we keep on working for justice – slowly but surely, chipping away at racism, affordable housing, and civil citations. It may go slowly, but it is a way for us to “Do Justice.”

Scripture Reading: Micah 6:8
“And what does the Lord require of you. But to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.”

Reflection Questions:
Who first introduced you to caring about justice?
How do you work for justice in your daily life?
What does it mean for you to love kindness and
walk humbly with God?

Prayer: Loving God, thank you for those who paved the way for us to grow in our service to your ways. Give us courage to stay the course, even when it is slow going, and to help usher in your Kin-dom in the small ways we can. For we seek to please you. Amen.

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