In this time of turmoil, looking beyond all that we hear and see in the news media, Christians know that God is in charge.  Read the Book of Acts and see how Paul was exposed to riots, to beatings, to false accusations, to exile, to trials, to jail.  In a recent Wednesday morning Bible Conversation session, the comment was made that “what we were reading in Acts sounds just like today’s news.”  Yes, all that we are hearing leads to feelings of frustration, anger, disgust, and humiliation on our parts.  Rather than dwell on those feelings may I suggest that we look to God for comfort, for strength, for guidance, and for encouragement. We are all part of God’s church and we are responsible for spreading God’s truth throughout the world. There is a prayer “For the Mission of the Church” on page 257 in the BCP that should be uppermost in our hearts and on our lips these days.  It says:

“O God, you have made of one blood all the peoples of the earth, and sent your blessed Son to preach peace to those who are far off and to those who are near;  Grant that people everywhere may seek after you and find you, bring the nations into your fold, pour out your Spirit upon all flesh, and hasten the coming of your kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen”

Am I excusing anyone for their behavior?  No.  Justice needs to be done.  I am just asking that we keep the broader picture in mind.  Pray for justice.  Pray for compassion.  Pray, pray, pray.  There is a quote that sums up what I am saying:  “Let go and let God.”

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