Devotion by Mary Nosek
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.
I remember first becoming aware of this verse during one of those challenging mid-life times when I often found myself asking,
“Why am I here?”
“What’s my purpose?”
“What is it that God—or whoever is in charge—wants me to do with my life?”
I was looking for a straightforward strategy with specific tactics for action.
Then, out of the blue, there it was:
- act justly
- love mercy
- walk humbly with your God.
“What could be simpler?” I thought.
Well, fortunately, I’ve grown a little since that moment, and I’ve learned some stuff. Micah 6:8 is as clear a pathway to me today as it was years ago. But, over time, I’ve figured out it’s not that simple.
Turns out that acting justly, loving mercy, walking humbly with God is a lifelong journey with switchbacks, lots of twists and turns, and some dead ends. What it’s not is a self-help PowerPoint presentation, with short and snappy bullet points on each slide.
Another thing I have learned is that there are lots of role models out there to help along the way, folks on whose efforts I can pattern my sometimes successful, more often pathetic attempts at justice, mercy, and humility. Many of those people are here at St, Michael’s. During this time when we cannot come together, I find I am more aware than ever of their wisdom, and I am very grateful for everyone in the St. Michael’s community.
Prayer: Thank you, God, for the St. Michael’s community, for the example its members set, and for the lessons we learn from one another.
Bio: Mary Nosek and her husband Joe have been St. Michael’s members since 1987. Together, they enjoy hiking, anything that is remotely related to being on the water, and the fellowship of the folks in the St. Michael’s community.