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I've only recently discovered this little treasure in Proverbs 31, somehow overshadowed by the lengthy discussion on the ideal, godly woman (I'd like to write a book on that passage someday!).

GOD cares a lot...A LOT...about justice and expects us to speak and act on behalf of the defenseless, outgunned, outcast, oppressed, and voiceless. Jesus spoke on the subject extensively, Himself a vocal advocate for the social castaways of His day. It's right to stand for justice, even as we anxiously await God making all things right once and for all.

In this moment, I'm not going to advocate for a particular group of people. There are so many, that's for sure. We can take this wherever God leads us and that is my invitation on this MLK Day.

Is there a community that stirs your compassion or righteous indignation? Abused women, the poor, neglected children, a particular race or cultural group, lonely old folks, the unborn, addicts, or otherwise? Ask God who and how, then follow His lead.

We don't have to march on Washington or die a martyr's death. Even simple words of encouragement with intention, financial support, or volunteering for a cause can make a difference.

"God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice,
for they will be satisfied." Matthew 5:6 (NLT)


Father, there's so much injustice in the world, I can barely stand it! Stir my heart for the things that trouble You and use me to bless the oppressed. Give me courage to see and speak truth in love. Help me tap into my passion for justice and give me opportunities to serve Your most vulnerable people. Thank You. I love You. Amen. ✝️💜☮️

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