Read Micah 6: 6-8
What does the LORD require of you? To act justly and
to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
When asking for directions to a certain shop, a newcomer
friend asked me, “Is it on the right side of the street or the left
side?” I replied that it depended on where he was coming
from. “If you’re coming from the sugar factory, it’s on the left
side of the street.” That didn’t seem to help, so I just said that
it’s on the west side of the street. West — like north, east, and
south — does not depend on where you’re coming from. It is
fixed and unchanging.
Some parts of our lives can be a matter of individual
choice: clothes, food, hobbies. But for Christians, compassion, honesty, peace-seeking, and justice are non-negotiable.
We are called by Jesus to practice compassion and honesty,
to seek peace and justice,
and to be loyal to God in
every situation. These ways
of Christian living are as
unchanging as the cardinal
points on the compass.
They are the standards by which Jesus lived and to which
Jesus has called us to live.
Prayer: Thank you, Holy One, for all the opportunities you
put before us. Help us to honor Jesus’ call for peace and compassion as we pray, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your
name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is
in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our
debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not
into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” Amen. (Matt.
6: 9-13, niv).
Philip A. Rice (Michigan)
Prayer Focus: NEWCOMERS TO MY COMMUNITY
— Micah 6: 8 (NIV)
Thought for the Day
Jesus calls me to a life of
peace, and justice.