“When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.” Mark 6:34

 

“I prayed for twenty years but received no answer
until I prayed with my legs.”

Frederick Douglass

In this season of lent, let us practice praying as an act of justice—moving our prayers into action, in communion with the spirit of God, toward hopeful anticipation, in responsive presence, with kindness and wisdom, through words of life and the absence of hatred. In active compassion, let us respond to the needs of those around us—for those silenced by oppression, marginalized by culture, abused by oppressors, and grieved by injustice.

 

God, allow me see you through the eyes of the poor, the hearts of the abused, the faces of the oppressed, the hands of laborers, and the feet of the enslaved. May I be moved to compassion as I learn to pray with my legs. Amen.