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 with your God. Micah 6:8

Heavenly Father, our hearts are heavy this morning in the USA. Actually, they’ve been that way for the mornings of many months. We don’t know everything about the Breonna Taylor story, but we know enough to feel profoundly sad, no small degree of anger, wariness and vulnerability, and a deep ache for the Day of all things new.

As your daughters and sons, we cry out to you for Kingdom-wisdom, Spirit-fire, and Gospel-tenacity. We don’t need a formula, we need you. Intensify our passion for justice, and our zeal for acting justly. Right within our reach, who needs our just-advocacy today? We don’t want to squander this moment on “righteous indignation” devoid of righteousness servanthood.

Loving mercy is easy, when it’s directed towards us, Father. And we are forever grateful that you give us daily mercies. But to whom are we to extend your mercy today? Who needs the comfort of the Gospel, but also the tangible expressions of your mercy—food, clothing, legal assistance, redemptive presence?

Walking humbly with you… Father, we have so much to be humble about. But you’re not calling us simply to feel bad; but to get up, and walk with you into the messes, injustices, and broken places the Gospel of your Kingdom claims. Help us, free us. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ great and gracious name.