Posted: 6/5/20 at 6:00pm. Written by Adam Tyler.
We live in times of distress and anger, fear, and a longing for justice. As the church, we are called to stand for just treatment of all people and seek peace for our communities. One good way we do that is by joining together with the full diversity of God’s church in our communities in prayer and in witness.
Last night, I had the opportunity to be part of such a time of prayer in my own community of Appomattox. Pastors from across denominational traditions and a diversity of backgrounds, and churches from every part of our county, joined together in prayers of lament and hope. Three other BGAV pastors, Chad Harris, Dan Davis, and Mitch Luckie, were part of this time of prayer, and several of our area BGAV churches were part of the diverse congregation gathered in unity and joint purpose.
May we continue to come together to bear witness to the truth of God’s grace and justice, may we continue to listen with care and share in the laments and calls to justice of our day, and may we become agents of change in our world, working against hatred and bigotry and modeling compassion and unity.
For my contribution to the evening’s prayers, I drew inspiration from Micah 6:8:
He has shown all you people what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
Lord, in this time of anger and lament, hatred and fear, we are gathered as your people to seek your will and your way.
The prophet Micah reminds us what you require of us:
Lord, birth in each of us a heart of justice, that sees the wrongs of this broken world and will not rest until the world is set to rights.
Foster in us a heart of mercy, which doesn’t forget to bandage the wounds of victims crushed beneath the wheels of injustice even as we seek to drive a spoke into the wheel itself.
And remind us to walk humbly together with you, Lord, for all of us are still on our way to you, and none of us fully see your path before us.
Grant to us, Lord, an abundant measure of grace for one another as we seek to walk together, and spark within us a fire of love and compassion that spills out of us to light the darkness of our days with unity, hope, joy, and peace.
Adam Tyler is Senior Pastor of Grace Hills Baptist Church in Appomattox, VA, and currently serves as BGAV President.