Friday, February 20

Read Luke 24:13-35

"Your word is a a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." - Psalm 119:105

Reflection: The rights and dignity of workers have been under attack for far too long, and for those steeped in the struggle, hanging on to hope can be tough.

Like the two disciples walking to Emmaus, we can feel weary, discouraged and ready to give up. But sometimes all we need is a little light—a glimmer of hope to keep us moving forward.

Today, we turn to courageous OUR Walmart members for hope.

For years, Walmart workers have been working to change Walmart's culture of low pay. Yesterday, they proved that faith, organizing and courageous action have the power to move even the nation's largest and historically unyielding low-wage employer. Under pressure, company executive finally began to listen, and as a result, more than 500,000 workers will see raises as early as April. By this time next year, all Walmart workers will earn a minimum of $10 an hour.

Although the proposed increase falls short of what workers need to provide decent lives for themselves and their families: $15 an hour and full-time hours. The promise of hope and change that this victory represents cannot be undervalued. In the words of Walmart workers, Denise and Evelyn: We have moved the biggest private employer on Earth, which will impact the entire retail industry.

Pray: O God, help us to see your light in our daily lives and bless us with the courage to stand for what is just. We pray for your guidance. May the path we choose lead us closer to you. Amen.

“Hope is being able to see that there is light
despite all of the darkness." - Desmond Tutu

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