Backyard Justice

Write 31 Days: Backyard Justice

Last year, I participated in my first Write 31 Days challenge. The goal? Write every single day during the month of October. It was such an incredible experience! I finished the month feeling reenergized and ready to write more and write better. I’ve been looking forward to October all year. Until this past week, when suddenly life just seemed so busy and I kept thinking, Write 31 days?! That’s too much. But then, I remembered the spark it gave to my creativity. So, here we are again, committed to writing each day of October.


This year, I’ll be writing about Backyard Justice. What does practicing justice in the space of my own home look like? I’m not an activist – I’m constrained by naptime and school pickup and the life of a mom of little kids. But, that doesn’t mean that I can’t practice justice. I’ll be using Micah 6:8 as a guide:

He has told you, O mortal, what is good;
    and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
    and to walk humbly with your God? (NRSV)

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Introduction: Backyard Justice
What does the Lord require?
Day 2: The Requirement of Justice
Day 3: Remembering to Ask Why
Day 4: Recognizing My Part
Day 5: A Vulnerable God Invites Vulnerable People
Day 6: Tracing My Own Story
Day 7: Telling Better Stories

To do justice
Day 8: A Blessing for Justice
Day 9: Rewriting the Victor’s Story
Day 10: The Slow Walk of Justice
Day 11: Justice For All
Day 12: Finding Heaven at the Wild Table
Day 13: Preserving Good Intention
Day 14: Increasing Awareness of Justice Issues

To love kindness
Day 15: A Blessing for Kindness
Day 16: Be Kind to Yourself
Day 17: Kindness Looks Different Every Day
Day 18: Kindness Takes Courage
Day 19: The Practice of Kindness
Day 20: The Courage to Unlearn
Day 21: Engaging in Uncomfortable Topics

And to walk humbly with your God
Day 22: A Blessing for Walking Humbly
Day 23: Reframing the Story Arc
Day 25: The Blessing of Curiosity
Day 26: The Power of Stories to Enlarge Our World
Day 27: Bridging the Gap
Day 28: Who Is My Neighbor?

Day 29: A Blessing for Community
Day 30: A Call to Live Small and Practice Peace at Home
Conclusion: The Value of Creating Flexible Rhythms

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