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Community in Action January 7, 2021

Guide me in your truth 

and teach me,

    for you are God my Savior, 

and my hope is in you 

all day long.

Psalm 25:5

    If you haven’t heard yet let me tell you, last night was a difficult night for our nation. The chaos which erupted in our capital was vanquished, but not before the seeds of discouragement were sown. The upside is that our country is still functioning, but there will be repercussions from the events from last night.

    Some say you should never talk about politics it is to divisive. Well I believe we are called to interact with this world just as Jesus was called to step onto this earth. I just want to express my concern about events which cause me to wonder if we will have a peaceful exchange of power come January 20th. Something for which I am praying.

    I have learned over the years that we all have our own agenda. I have learned that we all have our own biases. But I also have learned that our hope can not be solely placed in human beings who have the power to run our country.

    Yes, we need to be willing to put our trust in those whom we have elected to guide us civilly, but when it comes to the moral codes of our life I believe we must rely on a power much higher than what we have erected to guide our lives. And these moral codes need to guide our civil interactions.

    No governing body can serve all the people all the time. No governing body will bring us the salvation we need as human beings. We must be willing to face the fact that we need guidance from the creator God who knows what we truly need and longs to embrace us and have us embrace others and this world.

    I think we live in a country that is remarkable in so many ways, but we must admit we need outside assistance to function as a country, a country which truly cares for the people within.

    I certainly don’t have all the answers and probably have fewer answers than all the questions which are being asked now, but I do have hope. I do believe God is in our midst and wants to help us come together as a people.

    I don’t believe in God’s kingdom there are any borders. In God’s kingdom there are no hierarchies. In God’s kingdom there is no division between the haves and the have nots, be it having power, possessions, or influence.

    I long for a place where I can feel safe, cared for, and free to live up to my potential. God is in the process of creating that space. I believe God will guide us, but not force us to become better people. This is why we need to cultivate the Spirit in our lives, the theme for our church in 2021.

    We need to be open to making changes in our lives which will include everyone, even those who are not our favorite people. We need to learn how to be devoted to God and serve those around us.

    Let us commit to taking the first step which is to renew our commitment to listening to the Holy Spirit in our lives. Let us seek wisdom from the scriptures we read, let us learn the lessons from those who have faithfully gone before us, and seek God’s discernment in how we can be a witness of God’s love to this world.

    Seeking to follow the light with you,

    Pastor Randy

 
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