Hunger For Justice

Lately, there’s this phrase I can’t seem to get out of my mind.

I think it may be the start, at least, of an answer to the question I raised in my last post – this question of “standing in solidarity.” The phrase is from a prayer that a friend shared with me when I first arrived in Tansen. Hunger for justice to those who are fed. Recently I’ve found myself perseverating on this phrase. It insists itself over and over again in my brain as I walk to and from work, heading home or to the canteen for meals. Hunger for justice to those who are fed. In these post-earthquake days, it’s taken on new meaning as I continue to recall the faces of men and women I met in Gorkha – the severe-yet-gentle faces of villagers hungry for bread, faces that remain with me in heart and mind. Hunger for justice to those who are fed.

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You may recognize this as a reference to one of Jesus’ Beatitudes – the one about “those who hunger and thirst after righteousness” – which is, of course, just another word for justice. Undoubtedly an important quality for us all, living as we are in a world where resources are distributed with wild inequity. It’s a phrase that describes many of you reading this right now, you who pour our your resources – physical, financial, spiritual, relational – to bring shalom, fullness of life, to individuals and communities around you.

Yet it strikes me that there’s another aspect to this phrase, a slight twist that offers a somewhat different emphasis. I wonder if it can also be taken to mean that we-who-are-fed can actually give hunger as a means of justice – an act of solidarity through fasting, an offering of ourselves through prayer, a means of becoming uniquely present to the lived experience of others.

I won’t say much more about this here, except to share a few resources that may be helpful in exploring this concept further. But I do wish to leave you (and myself) with the idea that the immensely private and personal action of prayerful fasting may actually be capable of achieving profound effects – not only in our own lives, but also in the world around us. Maybe it can even bring healing to a world that, despite our deepest yearnings for solidarity, so often feels far beyond our reach…

Live58: The True Fast
21 Days of Prayer
Sharpening Your Affections With Fasting
The Beatitudes: A Study by John Stott

2 thoughts on “Hunger For Justice

  1. Wow, Becca,

    Your message comes at a really interesting time. You have such a beautiful heart. It’s amazing to me to see how God is working through you — not just there in Nepal, but here in my L&D call room as I read your blog. Thank you for your prayerful reflection.

    Some pretty exciting things have been happening for me. My last day with Bon Secours is June 23rd and I’ve often been in a nebulous static state of semi-panic about what comes next, and this inexplicable peace and trust. Through circumstances that I can’t wait to explain when we finally get a chance to talk, I was literally getting online this morning (while awaiting my patient in labor) to begin reflecting on FASTING. And then I read your blog. God is pretty amazing. :) I’d love to hear more.

    My weekend is wide open except for babies being born. Next week is my last week as the inpatient hospital service attending, which tends to be very busy. I’d love to talk this weekend if possible – this evening (Saturday?) or any time on Sunday?

    Love you so much! Trish sends her love as well. We were just talking about you and how much we love you the other day. :)

    Love, Jill-beans

    Date: Sat, 16 May 2015 10:54:39 +0000 To: jillzackrisson@hotmail.com

  2. Pingback: Let’s Look At What We DO Have | WhereGodCalls ~ Nepal

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