Footprints daily reflection: 4 April
Another world possible.
Author: Rev Nancy Cardoso
Restore our life Lord,
like streams of living water
Those who sow with tears
will reap with songs of joy.
Those who leave crying,
carrying seeds to sow
will come back with songs of joy,
carrying abundance with them.
Psalm 126, 4 - 6
Is another world possible? Many have tired of trying, others wait without action, others act without faith. We pray and learn from Psalm 126 and peasant resistance, such as the Via Campesina campaign.
Hope has two sisters: memory and resistance. To make a memory is to retake the living sense of history, to recognize liberating processes - exoduses - and to celebrate that the Spirit of God animates us in another possible world. This conviction expresses itself in joy and disarms all fatalism and passivity.
Memory restores resistance to us: we plant with tears we will reap with joy. Resistance is the daily practice of believing, working, organizing, and being able to change relationships with the earth, work and sharing, and power relations.
Around the world, peasants plant seeds in situations of oppression but animated and organized announce with conviction the joy of harvesting the free land and the sources of water released.
God of life,
we celebrate our history in favour of life and the rights of the People
We want to thank you
for so many brothers and sisters
who have resisted in the struggle for land and earth,
making earth a place of work, joy and recreation.
God of life and Lord of history,
The dream of His People
is that the land be honored and shared
and shared among all.
We are renewing today
our intention to continue fighting
for a "land without evils"
and for just and fraternal world.
Rev Dr Nancy Cardoso is a minister in the Methodist Church of Brazil and is one of Christian Aid’s Global Theology Advisors. She works with the Land Pastoral Commission and conducts grassroots education especially with groups of peasant women, quilombolas (African Brazilians), and native women in the struggle for land rights.