© Beth A. Richardson, betharichardson.com
God, help me set aside my fear and my mistrust so that I can begin each interaction, each situation, in love. Amen.
I begin by loving.
I took this picture of a prayer net used in a worship service at a conference sponsored by The Upper Room. There are so many things that I need to give over to God to be able to reach a place of love. Fear, mistrust, busyness, the need for control — all can be surrendered, placed in God's care.
What do you need to set aside so that you can freely love others?
Catherine of Siena
When I was a young adult, somehow I got my hands on a boxed set of Great Devotional Classics published by The Upper Room (1952). (In fact, it's still on my shelf.) The box was filled with 40-page booklets of writings by some of the great leaders in Christianity. Only thing was, the language was so archaic that I couldn't understand much of what it said. More recently, The Upper Room has published a new series of Spiritual Classics including this one — Writings of Catherine of Siena. This book has gone out of print, but you might be able to locate a copy through Amazon.
The role of the prophet is twofold; one, to speak with power and secondly to speak to power. This work on anti-racism does both of those things. The videos, writings and resources are powerful representations of what grace and justice sound like and the orators and writers who approach this work do so with a conviction deeply rooted in gospel. These women and men help us reimagine a prophetic voice in a time such as this. This work is needed.”
View a growing list of resources for the spiritual work of overcoming racism.