Dear People of Grace,
As I said in a sermon 2 weeks ago “I pray for you”. Yes, I pray for you, for Grace, and the people of Grace. I also pray for our land, our nation, our communities and our society.
Harm and trouble seem to be all around, while danger is lurking at the door.
Do we go out? Do we not?
Even as one danger-source seems to be subsiding (COVID-19) another seems to be rising. Racial fear is a reality. The death of George Floyd signals to ANY person of color that danger
and violence can happen any at TIME, in any PLACE, at any MOMENT. For many white persons in America, “because we don’t SEE it, it doesn’t affect us”. Hmm…just like the corona virus.
“If we can’t SEE it, then it must not be much of a threat”.
Let us be about the work of continually clarifying our vision, sharpening our focus, and learning where our blind spots are. Having blind spots about our physical health, wellness and susceptibility
with regard to corona virus, we look to medicine, science and epidemiology. Having blind spots about our perception of racial dynamics in America, we look to the social sciences, economics
and the real-life experiences of those who differ from us in skin color.
Not one of us knows all the answers. “We are smarter together than any one of us is alone” is a saying I like to use. No one holds all knowledge. So my appeal is to know one another;
to look beyond ourselves; to look to the greater good, for the good of all; to LISTEN to one another and to listen most of all to depth of Truth which has its source in God.
Say your prayers. Say your prayers with humility. Then listen for God to speak in response.
And I leave you with 2 prayers from ELW.
A Prayer in National Distress
Eternal God, amid all the turmoil and changes of the world, your love is steadfast and your strength never fails. In this time of danger and trouble, be to us a sure
guardian and rock of defense. Guide the leaders of our nation with your wisdom, comfort those in distress, and grant us courage and hope to face the future; through
Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
A Prayer for the Nation
Holy Trinity, one God, you show us the splendor of diversity and the beauty of unity
in your own divine life. Make us, who came from many nations with many languages, a united people that delights in our many difference gifts. Defend our liberties,
and give those whom we have entrusted with authority the spirit of wisdom, that there might be justice and peace in our land. We pray in the name of Jesus the Christ,
our Sovereign and our Savior. Amen.
Peace be with you.
June 6, 2020