Thursday | December 6
Exodus 3:7-9 / Joel 1:13 & 14 The LORD said, “I have surely seen the affliction of My people who are in Egypt, and have given heed to their cry because of their taskmasters, for I am aware of their sufferings. So I have come down to deliver them.” / Put on sackcloth, you priests, and mourn; wail, you who minister before the altar. Come, spend the night in sackcloth, you who minister before my God; for the grain offerings and drink offerings are withheld from the house of your God. Declare a holy fast; call a sacred assembly. Summon the elders and all who live in the land to the house of the Lord your God, and cry out to the Lord.
God is a God who sees the suffering of his people. But often it is precisely God’s people who ignore that suffering. We in the church have often veiled our complicity in the advancement of injustice, all while we keep on with our religious rituals and pious attitudes. But God calls us out of this. He calls us to mourn for his children who are broken, May we fall on our faces before the Lord, weeping over the devastation of our communities, of the poor, of the broken, of the orphan! May we, then, grieve as God grieves. Hear our cry, Oh God!
Song: Purge Me by Urban Doxology