The Persistent Voice
Read Psalms 19:1-14
"The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard; yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world." - Psalms 19:1-4
Reflection: Psalmists observed how nature declares the glory of God. The phrase “their voice is not heard; yet their voice goes out through all the earth…” implies the ongoing declaration of God’s glory even though there may be ears that choose not to listen. The empowering element within this text rests upon the persistence of the voice that travels throughout the earth, regardless of the resistance.
In today’s society there are many voices calling for just wages and just working conditions. The resistance to those voices is evident as the voices grow louder. Nonetheless, we must remind ourselves constantly that we find strength in persistence. That our struggle for just wages and just working conditions is not simply a means to an end. The struggle in itself is transformative -- one that holds communities together and erring employers accountable for injustice.
This Lenten season, let us listen to how God is calling us to speak up for justice. Let us be persistent in making our voices heard. Let us take collective action that will lead to change in wages and working conditions. Let us Fast from Fast Food. Let our voices be heard throughout all the earth.
By Roberto Barrios
Prayer: God, give us the courage and strength to speak up for what is right and just. Grant us the perseverance and tenacity to keep going until we're heard; and the grace to listen when spoken to. Let our voices be heard for just salaries, for our families, for our friends, for our allies, for our congregants, for their struggle and for our struggle for 15. Amen.
"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face." - Eleanor Roosevelt