Primitive religion is not believed, it is danced!

Arthur Darby Nock

Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
And only he who sees takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.

Elizabeth Browning

Tuesday, March 5, 2024


“Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, and please the widow’s cause,” (Isaiah 1:17).


“He has told you, O man, 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?” (Micah 6:8).


“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.”

Elie Wiesel


“In keeping silent about evil, in burying it so deep within us that no sign of it appears on the surface, we are implanting it, and it will rise up a thousandfold in the future. When we neither punish nor reproach evildoers, we are not simply protecting their trivial old age, we are thereby ripping the foundations of justice from beneath new generations.”

Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 19181956



What is justice?


Perhaps justice is as simple as a person getting

what they “deserve”


If I eat too much, I gain weight

That’s justice

It is justice too, of a sort,

If I do something risky and foolish and get injured


But justice is more than consequences

Justice is about setting things right


This is why Sacred demands justice

Love requires justice

It requires that if something is not right

It be corrected


It requires that if something is out of balance

That if one person has too much power

And another not enough

That be resolved


That if one person is harming another

The harm stop

But more, that repair begin


Justice is not just punitive

It is restorative


And justice is for all

The rules don’t change

Dependent on who you are


If there is justice

It doesn’t matter if you are rich or poor

A person who is white, or BIPOC

A person with power, or a powerless person


Justice demands that all be treated the same

Because in the eyes of God

In the heart of the Sacred

All are the same




Of all the dangers that are out there

In this angry and torn world

The loss of justice may be the greatest

The loss of justice may grieve God the most


Because a loss of justice is a loss of love


Justice has always been the last defense

Against hate, racism,

The abuse of power,



Justice has often been the one thing

That has saved us, as a nation

As a world


When justice dies

Countries die

People die

Hope dies

Love dies


When justice dies, evil thrives

We have seen it

All too often


And now we see it again

In a country that

Pledges “liberty and justice for all”


And yet

An unjust process

Created a tainted court

And now justice has died


And a malignant person of power

Is not getting what he deserves

Is not treated “equally”


And we are seeing the foundations of justice

Ripped out

Leaving us with a house built on sand


And so we must protest

We may not be able to prevent injustice

We may be powerless to keep our country from becoming

A place where justice, equity, equality

And thus love, have died


But we cannot slide into this abyss

In silence


As I hear the news

Watch a deeply flawed and abusive person

Play games with justice (and with our country)

As I watch a badly tainted (and even corrupt) SCOTUS

Deny justice


My heart hurts

It weeps for my beloved country


Because justice will be served

God’s justice will not be denied


God has always demanded justice

And justice has always meant bringing down the mighty

And lifting up the poor


“For three sins of Israel, even for four, I will not relent.

They sell the innocent for silver, and the needy for a pair of sandals.

They trample on the heads of the poor as on the dust of the ground

and deny justice to the oppressed…


Fallen is Virgin Israel, never to rise again, deserted in her own land,

with no one to lift her up.”  (Amos)


O Sacred One

O Love

We know that you always rebuild

But you often rebuild only after we have destroyed

After we have taken the path to devastation


Turn us around Lord

Wake us up!

Stir the fires of love and justice!

Give us voices to protest

Give us the resolve to choose wisely (and vote wisely)


May we choose justice over power

Justice over profit

Justice over retribution


For we would be your people

And walk in your way

Which is to walk humbly, in love and justice

With you

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