Months ago these words started germinating in me. "what does the Lord require but that we love mercy, act justly and walk with our God?". Today I thought hard on these words. In English, mercy and justice are sort of opposites. And love is more than sentiment, it's action, an active verb. So it's clear to me what it means to walk with God. (though it is hard to do). But nurturing both justicevand mercy is still a puzzle.
Then a serendipitous thing happened. Tomorrow is Quaker Lobby Day in my state Capitol, and 'the issues we'll lobby on are criminal justice!! Talk about justice and mercy.
Quakers in my state place priority on efforts to repair the harm suffered by victims over soohong punishments to offenders.
We want to enable offenders to redeem themselves and reintegrate in society.
We wantto replace costly incarceration through diversion, drug treatment, job training, and education.
We want to redress racial inequity of the current criminal justice system.
Tomorrow I will lobby with Micah's guidance. I don't think God requires this. I think God prepared me for tomorrow some how.
Peace, y'a, and act justly, love mercy, and walk with God!
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