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Thursday, December 10

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Human Rights Day

Minute for Mission

 

Do you know a human rights worker? It is possible, maybe even likely, you do. It is possible, maybe even likely, that the worker is you.

Perhaps you work for an organization that protects human rights. Thanks be to God for your important calling.

But there are other ways to work for human rights. We work in those ways as we follow Jesus, loving as he loved.

Do you support human rights organizations financially?

Have you sent a letter or an email message on behalf of an individual or group whose rights were threatened?

Have you talked to your supermarket about the Fair Food campaign?

Or sent in a card asking the Senate to ratify the UN’s Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women?

Or made a Red Hand to call for an end to the use of children as soldiers?

Or participated in a campaign to help end child prostitution and trafficking that urges businesses in the tourism industry to sign the Code of Conduct and agree to receive prevention tools and support?

Or observed an Orange Day to demand an end to violence against women and girls?

Do you see God’s image in all human beings? Do you recognize that all people have dignity, worth, and value because God creates us as God’s children? Do you work in any way to honor that dignity, worth, and value?

If you do, you are a human rights worker. As we live into God’s vision of justice and peace and honor and respect for the people we encounter in our homes, workplaces, schools, and communities and around God’s world, we work for human rights. May we do so today and every day.

—Rev. W. Mark Koenig, director, Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations

Let us join in prayer for:

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Liduvina Vassallo, PMA
Lorraine Velasquez, PMA

Let us pray

O God, maker and lover of us all, inspire us to see your image in all people. Guide us to honor your image by treating everyone we encounter with honor and respect. Lead us to love one another as you love us. We pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 18:1-20; 147:12-20
First Reading Amos 9:1-10
Second Reading Revelation 2:8-17
Gospel Reading Matthew 23:13-26
Evening Psalms 126; 62

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