Apathy – the Enemy of Justice

An article by on November 24, 2017

After the preparation and partaking of Thanksgiving’s feast, I might be forgiven a bit of indolence. Yet, as we shared a veritable bounty in the more-than-sufficient space of our home, the reality that there exists countless others with no home and insufficient nourishment persists.

It is an immeasurable gift that I enjoy an overwhelmingly gracious and loving family, new members contributing open arms of succor, in the bargain! And often it seems we are coerced into paralyzing guilt or even shame that we have so much while others have little.

But, if I am authentically present to the joy and support of true friends and family, my preparation and strength to be an agent of justice, an instrument of grace-making-peace in this world, is increased exponentially! So, rather than giving in to the post-fête stupor, let us draw on the fullness of provision, in food and family and friends, to fuel a passion for justice in the unique way God gifts you, gifts me, to make things right in this world!

Try the mindfulness practice of discernment today. Breathe deeply and recall the delicious food . . . the merry drinks . . . the opulent table . . . the family and friends. Allow the spirit of gratitude fill your lungs as you breathe in with each recollection. Remain a while with the gratefulness as it energizes and charges your spirit and mind. Then, in that strength, listen. Listen to the heart of Jesus, and God’s love for all people. What are you uniquely fashioned to be or do? How are you being a part of change in the world?

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Nicole Oliver Snyder’s expertise lies in the areas of leadership, gender issues, and mindfulness practice as it affects both. Leadership, particularly in an urban setting, requires community-relations skills, and an ability to clearly convey justice issues as they relate to felt, spiritual ones. Dr. Snyder is author of Leading Together: Mindfulness and the Gender Neutral Zone, and specializes in teaching mindfulness leadership development, formative spirituality, counseling, and Old Testament theology (emphasis on justice issues). She has a diverse background in international community-relations work combined with volunteer work in multi-ethnic communities, and with local institutions. She is an ordained Clergy; holds a BS in Human Development and Family Studies, w/Education Certificate, an MA-Counseling, MDiv Equiv., holds a Doctor of Ministry and Advanced Certification in Formative Spiritual Direction, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor (MI).

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