Thursday, June 21, 2012

Remembering the Mississippi Martyrs

On this day in 1964, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner were murdered while participating in the Freedom Summer campaign to register black voters in Mississippi.  These brave young men are icons of the biblical imperative to "do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God."  That is what God requires of us; this is what it means to do good.

Not all of us are called to witness at the cost of our life.  But we can be inspired by James, Andrew, and Michael to consider what we are willing to sacrifice for the sake of justice, mercy, and communion with God.  What can I do, however large or small, to bend the arc of the universe a little bit closer toward God's love and justice today?

Almighty and everlasting God, who kindled the flame of your love in the heart of your holy martyrs Andrew, James, and Michael:  Grant to us, your humble servants, a like faith and power of love, that we who rejoice in their triumph may profit by their example; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

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