Yesterday I sat down to write a reflection on the recent events both near and far. As your pastor I feel like it is my duty and honor to speak at the most difficult times in our lives together. The devastation from the earthquake in Nepal is unfolding to be a massive humanitarian tragedy with deep loss. As Images from Baltimore inundate my senses I have had a hard time making any sense.
I spent significant time trying to put into words some form of meaning making gesture. After four totally different drafts I have given up. Not because there isn’t something to say but frankly I’m not sure I have anything that will add to the conversation at this time. Natural disasters and the brokenness of race in our country are issues that need more than just a few words on the page. We have struggled with these issues for a long time and we must continue to struggle. There are no simple platitudes that will heal the damage of either of these situations.
So to that end I will say the one thing that I know is true, God is bigger than all of this. Beyond that, when we seek after God’s will for our lives more deeply we can find ways to alleviate the brokenness of this world. There are ways we can help to assist those in Nepal and other places in the world that have experienced the loss of life and property. We also can become more attuned to the reconciling love of God that we experience in Christ. By doing so we can seek ways that we can have in impact of building up community into a place of divine unity.
To move towards that goal I encourage each of you to make a concerted effort to worship this weekend. Regardless of whether you are home or away, worship is a place and time to center ourselves on the unity that comes through God.
This week our lectionary passage 1 John 4:7-21 begins like this:
Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.
Come to worship this week and help us reflect on what it means to love one another, because love is from God.