The river flows in you…

One of the scriptures which inspires me deeply as to the fundamental importance of justice to a planetary flourishing which reflects the infinite wisdom and love of God is this one:

But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!  Amos 5:25

Or, in fuller version in The Message:

I can’t stand your religious meetings.
I’m fed up with your conferences and conventions.
I want nothing to do with your religion projects,
your pretentious slogans and goals.
I’m sick of your fund-raising schemes,
your public relations and image making.
I’ve had all I can take of your noisy ego-music.
When was the last time you sang to me?
Do you know what I want?
I want justice—oceans of it.
I want fairness—rivers of it.
That’s what I want. That’s all I want.

It reminds us that in bringing justice there can be a tremendous and powerful re-ordering, indeed destruction of the old order, like the powerful roll of a river in indignant flood but it also speaks of the faithful provision and quiet sustaining of a never-failing stream which produces flourishing and life.

Here is a man who it seems to me, has captured the beauty and essence of the sustaining stream in his music-making. Enjoy!

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