Welcome Spring! I am happy to report that my daffodils have raised their heads and are boldly blowing in the breezes. Last Sunday I told you that the flowers were blooming but that the cold temperature made them hang their heads. They look fine now.
Not so fine is the recent events of violence in our country that prompted our bishops in the Diocese of Virginia to write a letter addressing their concern. They referenced a vision in Isaiah that is powerful and compelling. Isaiah 60:18 says, “Violence shall no more be heard in your land, devastation or destruction within your borders; you shall call your walls Salvation, and your gates Praise.” The letter, signed by all three bishops stated that we are all children of God and, therefore, siblings in one family. We must pray for our family members to receive comfort and hope from our Creator as we practice our calling to be “instruments of God’s peace in this beautiful and broken world. Their letter closed with the following prayer:
“Almighty God, who created us in your own image: Grant us grace fearlessly to contend against evil and to make no peace with oppression; and, that we may reverently use our freedom, help us to employ it in the maintenance of justice in our communities and among the nations, to the glory of your holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.”