Micah 6: 8
He has told you, O mortal, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?
At the parish day of reflection and refreshment at the end of November, we were reminded of Kintsugi, the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery by mending the cracks with lacquer mixed with powdered gold. Over the past three years, individually, nationally and as a parish we have been inflicted with various wounds, but Kintsugi reminds us that God does not paper over those hurts but uses them to enable His people to grow and develop. As Graham Kendrick’s hymn reminds us “Beauty for brokenness, Hope for despair……Come, change our love, from a spark to a flame.”
Earlier in his prophecy, Micah speaks to those who are lame and afflicted about God’s promise to be merciful and to restore his people to once again be strong. As we think of the coming Messiah, we give thanks that He will reign over us for evermore. But equally we are challenged as to how we can communicate that same love and mercy as we meet with others in our daily lives, as we wait for that day when Jesus will come again. Today, we claim as a prayer Micah’s most famous instruction to the people of God.
Let us pray that we act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with Our God, Emmanuel, God with us. Amen