Jesus when you said
Justice would roll down
Did you mean
that it would
down my face as a tear
Or will it truly unleash?
Like the dams of injustice
finally breaking through…
I want to know,
because I am thirsting for Jesus
Like a deer in the desert–
and when I look for justice,
I find rules or civility or equality
or some other thing,
that we humans think is justice,
but it isn’t really.
So here’s a prayer for justice,
the big kind, that washes away everything else.
So here’s a prayer for justice, the rip-roaring kind,
full of righteousness, and grace and hope.
Even if it has to start as a trickle,
Because, you and I know God,
I will take all the justice I can get.
So here’s a prayer for all the justice,
any of the justice we can find today, and everyday.
Feel free to use/adapt/share with permission of Pastor Katy Stenta
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Pastor Katy has enjoyed ministry at New Covenant since 2010, where the church has solidified its community focus. Prior to that she studied both Theology and Christian Formation at Princeton Theological Seminary. She also served as an Assistant Chaplain at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital and as the Christian Educational Coordinator at Bethany Presbyterian at Bloomfield, NJ.
She is an writer and is published in Enfleshed, Sermonsuite, Presbyterian's today and Outlook. She writes prayers, liturgy, poems and public theology and is pursuing her doctorate in ministry in Creative Write and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
She enjoys working within and connecting to the community, is known to laugh a lot during service, and tells as many stories as possible. Pastor Katy loves reading Science Fiction and Fantasy, theater, arts and crafts, music, playing with children and sunshine, and continues to try to be as (w)holistically Christian as possible.
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