The Lord is gracious and merciful to all (Psalm 145:8)
Christians in Indonesia live within a context of great diversity. Indonesia is a nation of over 17000 islands and 1340 ethnic groups. The churches are often separated along ethnic lines, and some may wound the unity of the Church by regarding themselves as sole guardians of the truth. There are those who are excluded and pushed to the margins. The scripture passages for today remind us that the love of God transcends the boundaries of ethnicity, culture, race, and religion. God is broken with those who are broken. God stands outside with those who are excluded. God includes everyone in the plan of salvation and none are left out.
Love – withheld misdirected misused hidden from me
Self – withheld misdirected misused hidden from me
Place – withheld misdirected misused hidden from me
Love – offered whole healthy including me?
Self – offered whole healthy including me
Place – offered whole healthy including me
Love – chosen given accepted returned
Self – chosen given accepted returned
Place – chosen given accepted returned
Life – restored remade including me
God of all humanity
your Son was born into a line of men and women,
ordinary and extraordinary.
Some of them were remembered for their great deeds,
others more for their sins.
Give us an open heart to share your unbounded love,
and to embrace all who experience discrimination.
Help us to grow in love beyond prejudice and injustice.
Grant us the grace to respect the uniqueness of each person,
so that in our diversity we may experience unity.
This prayer we make in your holy name. Amen
Where do you see God’s grace and mercy in action?
Who are those on the margins of your communities?
What can you/we do to engage those who feel beyond God’s reach?
Go and Do
God stands with those who are most marginalized. Consider how your churches might join with those who are most marginalized in our societies. Contact local organizations working to support destitute asylum seekers and find out how you can help best. Visit Go and Do to find out more.
Take action to ensure those who are displaced but excluded from the UN resolutions on rights of refugees are included and given the support they need. Visit Go and Do to find out more.