“Let Justice Fall” – Leawood


I love how this verse from Amos 5:24 is reimagined in The message. It goes like this…

“Do you know what I want?
I want justice – oceans of justice.
I want equity – rivers of it.
That’s what I want. This is everything I want.”

I love fly fishing. As a child, I learned early on that fly fishing was important to my family. I grew up in southwestern Missouri with several spring-fed rivers and streams nearby. I remember going camping and seeing my dad go fly fishing. At one point, I wanted to participate. I learned that my grandmother had actually been the one who taught my grandfather, father, and uncle, and so I became the next member of my family to learn the art of flying. fishing.

When I read, “Let righteousness flow like waters, and righteousness like a flowing river” (Amos 4:24), I can’t help but think of the rivers and waters that I have crossed . If given enough time, these waters even work their way through earth and rock. When we think of the waters of justice, we often want a quick answer. A great tragedy or wrongdoing has occurred, and we want justice served as quickly as the offense. Sometimes though, it takes time, like the time it takes to create a river. And yet, as the waters continue to flow, justice will eventually come.

Growing up and continuing to fly fish, I was given a copy of A river flows there of my father. Whether you know the short story or just the movie, it ends with this final passage from Norman Maclean as he reflects on the river he’s fished all his life…

“Then, in the arctic twilight of the canyon, all existence fades into a being with my soul and my memories and the sounds of the Big Blackfoot River and a four beat beat and the hope of a fish rising. Eventually, all things merge into one and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the great flood of the world and flows over the rocks of the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are words, and some words are theirs. I am haunted by the waters.

May we be haunted by the waters until justice and righteousness come more fully to the earth.


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