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“For I was hungry and you gave me food.” Matt. 25:35

Wednesday, December 10

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Human Rights Day

Minute for Mission

 

“Here am I; send me,” said Isaiah. Through the ages, followers of Jesus have responded to God’s call in a similar fashion and worked for the human rights of our sisters and brothers.

The Bible affirms that all human beings are made in God’s image. All people have inherent dignity, worth, and value, because God creates us as God’s children. The Bible uses language of wholeness, freedom, peace, and justice to describe God’s intention for the human creature. This vision guides and sustains the followers of Jesus in human rights work.

Some followers of Jesus who have worked for human rights are well known. Others are known only to God and to the brothers and sisters for whom they worked. Mitri and Arda seek justice for Palestinians; Gloria and German stand with the displaced in Colombia; Sung Yeon and Gerardo support workers; Ann and Mary Ann pursue rights for women; Willie advocates with people suffering from mental illness; Sue calls for full inclusion of people with disabilities; and on the list goes. In every country, on every issue, wherever we seek to ensure that our sisters and brothers live the abundant life intended by God, followers of Jesus work for human rights. Who would you name?

And what of us? By God’s grace, may we too respond, “Here am I; send me.” May we live into God’s vision of justice and peace, of honor and respect, as we work for human rights in our homes, communities, schools, workplaces, and countries around God’s world.

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

Let us join in prayer for:

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Erika Weed, PMA
Carol Wellings, BOP
Michele Wentworth, BOP

Let us pray

God of justice and peace, we thank you for sisters and brothers who work for human rights around your world. Inspire us to join your transforming ministry that protects the weak, challenges the strong, frees the prisoner, proclaims peace, and heals the broken in all places. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 50; 147:1-11
First Reading Isaiah 6:1-13
Second Reading 2 Thessalonians 1:1-12
Gospel Reading John 7:53-8:11
Evening Psalms 53; 17

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