Psalm 72:1-19

16thstreetbaptistchurch“Give the king your justice, O God, and your righteousness to a king’s son. May he judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with justice. May the mountains yield prosperity for the people, and the hills, in righteousness. May he defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the needy, and crush the oppressor. May he live while the sun endures, and as long as the moon, throughout all generations. May he be like rain that falls on the mown grass, like showers that water the earth. In his days may righteousness flourish and peace abound, until the moon is no more. Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous things. Blessed be his glorious name forever; may his glory fill the whole earth. Amen and Amen. (NRSV )

In this season of festivity and gift-giving, of parties, purchases, and family celebration, may we be mindful of peace. May we look for connections between economic distress and injustice; between poverty and war; between need and slavery; between famine and greed; and between oppression and fear.  May we look for ways, not only to lift others from a moment of hunger, but to end the conditions which make starvation possible.  May we look for ways, not only to lift spirits for a season, but to free spirits from the chains which weigh them down.  May we look for ways, not only to celebrate the good news of Christ’s birth, but to share that good news with all whom we meet-a Gospel of peace, freedom, compassion, generosity, goodwill, justice, and joy.

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