Expressing Gratitude: Civility and Human Rights
Scripture: Psalm 25:5
“Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long.”
We are living in turbulent times, and a time of profound changes affecting our lives. There are increased hate crimes, suppression of opposing views, and seeking to settle grievances with violence rather than civil discourse. This verse from Psalm 25 is reassuring as we are awaiting the God of our salvation.
The United Methodist Church has a resolution: “Speaking Out for Compassion and Against Hate,” it says in part, “we feel compelled to raise a prophetic voice challenging the climate of distrust, distortion of truth, and fear, shifting the conversation to our common future….calling us to respond by deepening our understanding of God’s call and filling our own deep yearnings for spiritual wholeness, that can empower us to love and show compassion without giving up our responsibility to speak out for justice.”
God of salvation, lead me in your truth, and teach me to have gratitude for the abundant life I have.
God of salvation, lead me in your truth, and teach me to have compassion for those in need who are seeking a better life.
God of salvation, lead me in your truth, and teach me to do justice and to stand for those oppressed and dispossessed.
With the God of our Salvation, we must act boldly by turning our faith into action for compassion and against hate, and to seek justice.
God of Salvation, we stand with all people of good will with a grateful heart for the truth you lead us to. We seek to deepen our understanding of God’s call, seeking spiritual wholeness that leads us to raise our voices challenging the climate of distrust, and empowering us to love and show compassion. Amen.