The prophet Micah in 6:8, tells us: It hath been told thee, O man, what is good, and what the Lord doth require of thee: only to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God. This was the topic of study this past Saturday morning. We dug in deep trying to understand what we are called to do.
Do justly – on Saturday we saw people all over our country march and demonstrate for reuniting families separated by ICE. Demanding that these families be united now not weeks or months from now, not after hearings or deportations. Now. We know our elected officials have taken off to be with their families and constituents for the 4th of July celebration. So, if we are waiting for them to do something, well, they left us waiting. Many will be out and about in their home towns – marching in parades, having picnics, just shopping. Let them know how you feel about immigration. Let them know how they need to “do justly.” That is what Micah is teaching us.
Love mercy – share your voice and your heart. We each have an opportunity to reach out. We can try to ease the pain of others with our acts of kindness. When separated parents hear that there are protests happening everywhere – focusing on reunification, we are acting with mercy and those parents can realize they are not alone. If you are able, making donations to organizations working with these families will definitely ease the pain. Listening to the news last night, I heard that there are extreme financial bonds and penalties involved with their plight for freedom. Financial costs so far out of their reach. If you can help, please, do.
Walk humbly – at a time in our history where arrogance is rampant, walking humbly seems so strange. What does this mean? To be humble, knowing our place, The full phrase is, walk humbly with your God. Wow, walking with God. At our religious service we each spoke about what this could mean for us. Some spoke about the physical walk. Being out with others, marching, protesting. One main theme was seeing the divine spark in the “other”. If we can look at each soul as a divine spark, then whatever we do, we are doing it with God. When Rabbi Heschel marched with MLK from Selma in 1965, he said he was praying with his feet. I believe this statement was him commenting that he was walking humbly with his God.
Walking humbly with God meant something else for some of us. It meant voting – getting out and making a difference. This can go far above the voting booth. If you can, volunteer to register voters, work at the polling places in November, provide transportation to the voting place for someone or someones who cannot otherwise get there. Work on campaigns for officials who can make a difference in November.
Some of you may know me. I wear a kippah, a religious head covering. Most do not ask why. Probably because they may think it rude. Well, the simple truth is – I wear it to remind myself that there is something much greater than me. It is a constant reminder that I am also not alone. I walk with God. If ever you felt alone, struggling, this prophet speaks to you. You are not alone. And, when you realize that, when you understand that you are not alone, wow, what can you accomplish. So, get out there and do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God.