Looking back over the year we are thankful for all we have been able to do together – but if you ask me to respond from the heart, then my prayer is always “more Lord”.
We long for more love, more faith, more hope, more compassion and more strength.
We plead for more justice, more equality, more equity, more peace, more accountability, more transparency.
We acknowledge that we could do more – if only we had more time, more finances, more people, more opportunities.
This year Micah Network has called for the Courage to Change – we need more change. More healing, more transformation, more Lord, more!
Of course, there are a number of things we wish we had less of! Less paper work, less bills, less cold weather!
If ever you have travelled in Africa you will have come across some magnificent ant hills. These have always fascinated me as a child and I would watch them for hours toiling away. I must confess I often disrupted their work to see how they would respond. I would place barriers in their path, send in a flood of water, kick in a wall and then sit back and watch. (Sorry to confess this poor behaviour). Amazingly, the ants would hardly even hesitate in their work, They would appear to take stock and start rebuilding, repairing and it would not be long before more would arrive to strengthen the action.
Being involved in poverty reduction, social action, addressing injustice and disaster response can start out as exciting and energising, but often the magnitude of human need and the barriers faced can leave us exhausted, despairing and after a while, we will prefer to focus on something more manageable.
That is why we need each other – to spur one another on, to rally and to support. But even that may not be enough.
In Micah as we plan for the next few years we know we need to focus on three key things to help us steer the course:
1) Setting clear expectations
2) Establishing our priorities
3) Committing to the end
As we prayerfully reflect on this I know that Jesus’ advice from John 15:5-7 is helpful - “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing……..If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be given to you.”
Yes, we continue to pray and work for more change. The fruit however comes from remaining faithful to God, from working together in an integrated and holistic way and recognising that the change we really long to see will require perseverance, persistence and hope.
I know God will give us breakthroughs along the way; I know we will see lives touched and changed; but I also know that the joy and strength we need will come from journeying together.
Thank you for being a part of Micah Network and Micah Challenge. We invite you to continue with us in Micah!
Please pray for this next step together. More Lord – much, much more.