Micah 6:8

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From The Manse.....

Listening to or watching the news at this time can feel distressing and upsetting as we are confronted with stark images of so much suffering. From the invasion of Ukraine to the current state of British politics, we aware of so much that is wrong and broken and we are left wondering what we as individuals can possibly do.

Without wanting to sound trite, we can and should write to our Member of Parliament expressing our concerns and we can and should pray.

These two actions are of course intimately and inexpressibly linked and can be found deep within the D.N.A. of Methodism. John Wesley, spoke of the need for personal piety (faith) and social action. He knew that they were the two sides of the same coin.

The other thing that we can do is to make difference where we are. We may not find ourselves walking in the corridors of power, but we do walk along the streets of our neighbourhoods. We may not have conversations with world leaders, but we do have conversations with those we meet on a daily basis. We may not be responsible for the actions of the powerful and the influential, but we are responsible for what we do.

Through careful listening to one-another, a generosity of spirit and kindness, putting the needs of others first, seeing those who are 'strangers' to us through God's eyes and looking at our communities from God's perspective, we can help to bring about change and transformation and make the world a better place.

In Micah 6:8 we are reminded of this simple truth;
"what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God"

Earlier this year a new Connexional initiative was launched within the Methodist Church picking up on this Old Testament passage. "Walking with Micah" is a two-year project to help the Methodist Church to explore what it means to be a justice-seeking church.

In the everyday and ordinary, in the busyness of where we live and work, we are called to make a difference. May God help us to do just that.

With love and God Bless

Keith

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