Sickness and Deep Justice
All three of my kidsand I for that matterwere sick in December. When my kids were sick, I both prayed for them, and got them the blankets, 7-up, and crackers that would make them feel better. I tried to help them spiritually, as well as in other ways.
That reminds me of justice. When we see others who have needs, should we choose between prayer OR helping them in tangible ways? No, we ideally do both.
One of my favorite quotes about justice is from Nicholas Wolterstorff from Yale who writes, The state of shalom is the state of flourishing in all dimensions of ones existence: in ones relation to God, in ones relation to ones fellow human beings, in ones relation to nature, and in ones relation to oneself. Evidently justice has something to do with the fact that Gods love for each and every one of Gods human creatures takes the form of God desiring the shalom of each and every one.
Note that its a holistic flourishing, not either a spiritual OR a physical/emotional/social flourishing.
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