For the Most Vulnerable
Monday, November 27, 2023
The Spirit Dances
Each Morning, Noon and Night.
Only By the Spirit Working In Us
Can We Dance Jesus’ Dance.
… do not oppress the widow, the orphan, the alien, or the poor; and do not devise evil in your hearts against one another.
That is not the way you learned Christ!
Words of Grace For Today
God calls us many times in many ways to do justice for the most vulnerable, in Zechariah named as the widow, the orphan, the alien and the poor.
How do we learn?
How do we learn to do justice?
How do we learn Christ?
Is learning to do justice the same as learning Christ?
No, they are not the same.
They do overlap.
To do justice is for the most part to follow Christ’ commandment to love the Lord our God with all our heart, mind and strength, and to love our neighbours (and enemies) as ourselves.
But not all of ‘doing justice’ is what Christ calls us to.
And just ‘doing justice’ hardly begins to encompass all Christ calls us to.
For Christ calls us to love. To love as God loves. To love even when it costs us. And that moves us into and then also far beyond just doing justice for others.
Yet how can we learn to do justice?
Study, practice, and make errors … and more study, more practice, and more errors and (it keeps repeating, since we never get it completely and what we did yesterday does not provide justice for the most vulnerable today.)
And how can we learn Jesus?
Some would say it is the same. We study, practice, make errors, and repeat.
Those who have listened to the saints will know that will never even get us close, for the key to Jesus is
that we cannot learn Jesus on our own at all.
We only come to know Jesus when the Holy Spirit moves us to.
So we pray each day, come Lord Jesus, walk with us, let the Holy Spirit guide our thoughts, hearts and spirits, our dreams, visions, and hopes, and most of all our actions. Let them be reflections of Jesus to one another, and especially the most vulnerable.
And then we study, contemplate, plan, dream, and act as if it were all up to us, humbly remembering the Holy Spirit will guide and empower us.