HUMAN RIGHTS DAY
December 10 is the United Nations’ Human Rights Day. The Baptist World Alliance (BWA) acknowledges this day as “a time of reflection and consideration of the needs of our world and how we, as Baptists, are called to do justice, love kindness and to walk humbly with God as we prepare the way for the coming of Christ.” In a worship resource prepared for Baptist congregations, the BWA included the following prayer:
A Prayer for Human Rights Day
Holy and loving God,
We know it to be true that you value the lives, rights, and the existence of all people. We come to you on Human Rights Day looking toward the eschatological vision of a day in which all people will be viewed as equal in the eyes of our Creator, and in the eyes of creation. As it is our calling to care for those who bear your image, help us to learn what it looks like to prepare the eschatological way of the Lord. As we go about our lives, be that which guides us through the wilderness as we continue to pave a consecrated highway that not only leads to you, but also points to you. And in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, we ask that you allow us not to forget the value of life that each person bears as a unique creation made in your image.
(Minister Robert “Bobby” V. Martinez; Master of Divinity candidate, George W. Truett Theological Seminary)