13 Jun Pastor’s Paragraph for June 14, 2020
Pastor's Paragraph for June 14, 2020
JUNE 14, 2020
These are “unprecedented times.” How many times have we heard that? It’s true. But, honestly, I’m beginning to dread hearing those words and all it entails, which seems to get more complicated with each passing day. Pastor Gary often refers to this season as “awkward” as we seek to navigate and minister in changing times.
Added to the quarantined, sickened, and deadly trail of the pandemic, we are now seeing the light shone on many injustices in our society that have been happening for far too long. Amidst valid protests on injustices and brutalities, violence has erupted in the streets. All of us are grieving, individually and collectively, for one reason or another and often times for many. Grieving over the condition of this world and our nation, grieving loss of life from illness and injustice, grieving for what “normal” used to be, grieving the loss of employment and economic losses, grieving the violence perpetrated in many ways…. Truly, a heaviness of broken hearts.
As Christians, we grieve. But we don’t grieve as those who have no hope. We hope in God who created, and is creating, the One who can bring good out of chaos. The God who promised to be with us to the end of the age and, through the power of the Holy Spirit within us, empowers us to do God’s will and work in the world. We cry out with the prophet Amos, “Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.” We enjoin the words of the prophet Micah, remembering what the Lord requires: “to do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with God.” We seek to see Jesus in the other, to love as we’ve been loved, to do unto others as we’d have done to us. We pray with the Psalmist for a day of harmony, when we live together in unity, justice, and peace.
In a poem about how history would remember the pandemic, the author prayed we’d come out of this season kinder than before (and I add, more just). We can’t go back to the way things were. Our God is faithful, calling us forward into a new and transformed world, into a future with hope. I’ve been doing a lot of praying, and I’m sure you have too. I was reminded of an African proverb that says: “When you pray, move your feet.” Let us be intentional to walk in the way of the Lord of love in these unprecedented and awkward times, doing all we can to seek justice, health, wholeness, healing, and peace for all.
Rev. Sharon Miller
Pastor of Homebound Ministry