I was reminded of a quote, which is often attributed to Nelson Mandela but originally it was penned by Marianne Williamson. The quote is: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.  Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.”
The phrase “playing small doesn’t serve the world” caught my attention and as I sat in my chair I thought about all those still out there making it uncomfortable and disturbing for us as a country as they push hard for racial equality.  The prophet’s voice is piercing and their actions unlikeable.
The escalating violence is beyond alarming. It is deeply disconcerting. Violence is always temporary and never brings about enduring results – the moral arch will bend toward justice or at least that’s what I believe our faith declares.  But it feels like (by choice or necessity) I’m playing small in building a more diverse, creative and a better country.  So, I tarry (maybe too much time in my thinking chair) with what it means for me not to play small and I struggle with if small is as big as I want to play.
Deeply rooted in my being are values, attitudes, perceptions and the orientation of God and that leads me toward just-like. It leads me toward being on the side of righteousness.  In the midst of all this maybe I need to remember the mustard seed.

Scripture Reading: Psalm 33:4-5
“For the word of the Lord is upright, and all his work is done in faithfulness.
He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord.

Reflection Questions:
What does justice look like in today’s world?
How are you shining light?
Who are the prophets of today?

Prayer: Holy God when I want to play small nudge me toward the needs of others. Let me shine light on your values and be pleased with my effort to be a person of justice. Amen

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