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He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly[a] with your God. -Micah 6:8

The above is a summary of what Micah tells God’s people about their role in the world.

Reflection

On October 2, 2006, a shooting occurred at the West Nickel Mines School, an Amish one-room schoolhouse in Lancaster, PA.. Gunman Charles Carl Roberts IV took hostages and shot eight out of ten girls (aged 6–13), killing five, before committing suicide in the schoolhouse. (Wikipedia)

The Response of the Amish?

"I don't think there's anybody here that wants to do anything but forgive and not only reach out to those who have suffered a loss in that way but to reach out to the family of the man who committed these acts. A Roberts family spokesman said an Amish neighbor comforted the Roberts family hours after the shooting and extended forgiveness to them. Amish community members visited and comforted Roberts' widow, parents, and parents-in-law. One Amish man held Roberts' sobbing father in his arms, reportedly for as long as an hour, to comfort him. The Amish have also set up a charitable fund for the family of the shooter. About 30 members of the Amish community attended Roberts' funeral, and Marie Roberts, the widow of the killer, was one of the few outsiders invited to the funeral of one of the victims. (Wikipedia)

Do justice. Love Mercy. Walk humbly with God.

The Pennsylvania Amish DEMONSTRATED to the world what living in wisdom, courage, and compassion means. And the world took notice.

Now , in response to the pandemic, it is OUR time, as God’s called people, to demonstrate to the world what it means to

Do Justice-

Love Mercy- and

Walk Humbly With God –

As early demographics of disease reports show the disproportionate effects of the virus on poor and black and those without health care populations, just what will be our role? What will be OUR legacy? According to Micah, God expects his chosen people to care for the sick, the poor, and the disadvantaged. How will we do that? What will we do to overcome this disparity? Now is our time to make the world stand up and take notice.

 

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