He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8 (NRSV)
This is our guiding verse for the week as we serve in Knoxville. The LORD is not cryptic in His instructions to those who follow Him. It is simple: Do justice. Love kindness. Walk humbly with God. The Message translates it as do what is fair and just to your neighbor, be compassionate and loyal in your love, and don’t take yourself too seriously— take God seriously. These are our prayers for our time in Knoxville - that we would actively pursue justice for our neighbors here; that our actions and words to one another and others would be birthed and drenched in compassion and love and that through it all, we would walk closely and humbly with our God.
We worked for the first half of the day at our projects and sang at a retirement center mid-afternoon. We decided to give the kids a mid-week break this year so they spent about 3 hours at an amazing mall near the hotel so they could have some downtime. We then went to the church for supper and returned a little early to the hotel so they could enjoy the pool tonight. We keep them very busy from morning until night so most have not had much time to enjoy the pool or relax. We hope this will reenergize them for the last two days of service!
Pray for us to finish strong with our projects and relationships with one another and those we work with here in Knoxville. Pray that we would understand more clearly what justice means for our neighbors; that we will live from a place of compassion and love; and, most importantly, that we will draw near to our God who loves us deeply. Pray for relief from the heat and for the rain forecasted this Friday and Saturday to occur at times that enable us to still complete our work and enjoy Dollywood. While not always convenient, rain is needed and beneficial. Just like some challenges we face in life.