Right now, our beloved country is filled with hatred. It has been before. And it is now. Hatred is not our calling nor is it our destiny. We are the place that welcomes the huddled masses of the world. We are the country founded on the ideals of justice, that all are created equal and all should be safe to pursuit life, liberty and happiness. And yet, here we are surrounded by open hatred of one another. Hatred based on just about anything that can be a rallying cry for division: race, national origin, class, religion, gender, etc.
We have allowed our hearts to be corrupted and our eyes to be turned from faith in God.
3 headlines yesterday…a shooting, leaving 11 Jewish people dead at a Temple during Shabbat, 2 dead black people at a Kroger after an attempt to shoot black people at worship and the capture of the pipe bomb suspect who targeted those of one political viewpoint.
It is time for us, as a church, as Christians to go before the Lord our God with words of lament and hope. The Psalter is the place in the Bible we can and should turn to for words beyond our normal dialogue. The Psalms have been nurturing and giving voice to humans since King David reigned in Israel. It is time for us to pray as one…
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul:
he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me;
thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:
thou anointest my head with oil;
my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.