Thought for the Day: I would have, if given the opportunity, expanded this Proverb just a bit. The author suggests that when justice is done, the righteous have joy. I’m sure they do, but I also believe those who were suffering under injustice also have joy when justice arrives. It sounds a little overly prideful, boastful. It just doesn’t seem right for people who are doing what they are supposed to do should write about it while others still suffer injustice. Maybe I’m being a little harsh, yet when we act justly and show kindness we are doing what faithful people are called to do. This might not be the best illustration, but I always get cracked up when a parent enthusiastically says to a newborn child who just pooped, “Oh look what you did. You made a poopy! You are so good. Yes you are.” The kid didn’t do anything out of the ordinary. Shouldn’t we be praising the parent who just cleaned up what the EPA nearly declared to be a toxic spill, yet that is exactly what a parent does – with no expectation of praise. Now please understand that I probably said something equally ridiculous to Zach. With that said, I do not believe we should get too overly excited when we do the very things God expects of us. Let’s lift up those who we helped, celebrating the joy they are feeling. More importantly, let’s not forget those who are still waiting for that justice to roll down like an ever flowing stream.
Prayer: Thank you, Gracious God, for all those who have done the work of justice without recognition or fanfare. It is their relentless work that continues to help form and shape this world in your likeness. Amen.
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Rev. Bruce Frogge