Jan. 21, 2021
I wrote to you two weeks ago about our homeschool experience of watching the horrific capitol riot take the place of the intended congressional ceremony to certify votes from each state in the Union. Yesterday, we were all grateful that the inauguration ceremonies happened peacefully, with no hint of violence or unrest. More than simply being glad there was no violence, though, it was also heartening to hear speeches that were non- partisan, non-political, but rather deeply encouraging, hopeful, and even challenging. We all know the many challenges facing our country, and we as Americans and people of faith, know that the days ahead will require a deeper commitment to love of neighbor than ever before. We will need to continue to protect one another from the virus by wearing masks and social distancing. We will need to continue reaching out to those who are isolated. We will need to reach out, too, to those whose politics are not the same as ours. In all of these gestures, we are seeking to build relationships and community that will be stronger and closer than before. With all of this work before us, it will be more important than ever to ground ourselves in prayer, scripture, and worship. It is ultimately God empowering us through the Holy Spirit who will bring about the healing and unity so desperately needed in these times. As Paul wrote to the Galatians, “Let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time if we do not give up. So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all.”
I believe that opportunities abound for us to work for good. May God strengthen us and fill us with hope and good will to meet those opportunities with grace.
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