From “May It Be So: Forty Days with the Lord’s Prayer” by Justin McRoberts and Scott Erickson:
“‘This, then, is how you should pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one.’ (Matthew 6:9-13)’
Pause here to consider your steps. Where might you be setting your foot down on life without knowing it? Where might you be sharing in or even benefiting from systems and cultures that cause harm, particularly from the powerless*? Is it happening on your way to more affordable or more fashionable clothing? On your way to more convenience? On your way to more comfort? Do you want to be delivered? Or do you want to be a deliverer?
* An estimated 25 million people are victims of forced labor worldwide. Many of those people are children. They make clothings, cigarettes, and cell phones. They harvest crops and package food. Their underpaid labor (and just as often unpaid labor) makes way for many of the things we wear, use, and consume every day. See U.S. Department of Labor’s 2018 List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor.” https://www.dol.gov/sites/