December Reflections 1: through the window


I am a great fan of this Advent calendar, which runs all the way from St Andrew’s day to Epiphany and features an eclectic selection of saints old and new, prophets, and phrases from the liturgy and the Bible behind its doors.

Today’s window shows Rosa Parks outside the bus where she started the historic boycott. I like the text that accompanies it, both the phrasing of ‘kept her seat’ and the choice of the verse from Isaiah: ‘Seek justice’, the implication that seeking justice for oneself is desirable and beneficial for others.

The world is troubled at the moment, with reactionary governments rising to power and injustice on the rise. I cannot imagine being as courageous as Rosa Parks. I can only pray for the courage to seek justice, and not to turn my eyes away from injustice.

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