As God’s beloved children, we are called to speak up out of our faith and our knowledge of God’s love for us and for others, confident that God hears us.
As one who is a child of God, both saint and sinner, I thank God that I am free to speak up in daily prayer to God and conversation with my brothers and sisters about things that trouble me in my family, my community and my world. I thank God that I have brothers and sisters in Christ who courageously live out their calling by speaking up to me when I act in ways that are harmful or unjust. And I also thank God for the mandate and the encouragement I am given to do the same.
This message is adapted from “Mouthing Off or Speaking Up?” written by Kathie Bender Schwich in the January/February 2007 issue of Lutheran Women Today (now Gather magazine).