In a recent interview, historian and author Jon Meacham talked about his remembrances of Rep. John Lewis. Meacham said: “Lewis believed… if we got our hearts and minds in the right place… we’d create a world where justice comes down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.” In the stillness of the evening, settled into my thinking chair, I’ve been tarrying with questions … what are the right places where I can help foster a more just society and perhaps even in a more just world? Where is my heart and mind these days?
I prayed and pondered… my heart and head continues to be situated in goodness (particular in God’s goodness). The goodness of God is like the footer in the structure of my being and this goodness is a foundational source of energy for me. Yet, goodness needs a fusion of imperatives. The right place for my heart and mind to believe in, to hope for, to live as, is the place where justice is revealed and respected.
But that place seems so far away. It seems so unattainable but most worrisome is… that the place has become unwanted and undesirable. I wonder if we have become lured into having our hearts and minds in the wrong place –led toward not believing in, nor hoping for, nor living as.
If our hearts and minds are in the right place would racial injustice be resolved? If many of our hearts and minds were in the right place would the economic disparity be reconciled? If some of our hearts and minds were in the right place would the inequality be reversed? If few of our hearts and minds were in the right place would we find ourselves where we are?
Scripture Reading: Amos 5:22-24
“Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them; and the offerings of well-being of your fatted animals I will not look upon. Take away from me the noise of your songs; I will not listen to the melody of your harps. But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.”
Where are the right places for your heart and mind?
How does God’s goodness influence your daily life?
How can you let justice become an ever-flowing stream?
Prayer: Holy God, don’t let me be casually indifferent to injustice. Let your goodness guide my path. Fill me with patience and strengthen my resolve to live in the right place, a place of justice. Amen.
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