This week….

The Other Epidemic

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Genesis 1:1–2:4a
Psalm 8
2 Corinthians 13:11-13
Matthew 28:16-20

Prayer of the DayAlmighty Creator and ever-living God: we worship your glory, eternal Three-in-One, and we praise your power, majestic One-in-Three. Keep us steadfast in this faith, defend us in all adversity, and bring us at last into your presence, where you live in endless joy and love, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

For the last three months Covid-19 has been turning our lives upside down. The epidemic has forced us to change dramatically the way we shop, the way we care for our loved ones and the way we plan our day to day activities. Painful sacrifices have been made by medical caregivers on the front lines battling the disease, by essential workers daily putting their health at risk to protect ours and by the millions who have lost their jobs in the effort to slow the spread of infection. But over the last week we have been made painfully aware of another epidemic that has been raging for centuries on our continent. It is an illness that makes headlines only sporadically and one about which we would rather not be reminded. Next to nothing has been done to combat this epidemic and there is little support or enthusiasm among leaders in either of the two major political parties to address it with more than rhetoric. I am speaking, of course, about the epidemic of police violence against black Americans. Read more

17 thoughts on “This week….

  1. I’m new to your blog. I like what your doing. The combination of spirituality, satire, humor and literature is great. I look forward to reading more.
    Best wishes,

  2. Rare is the Christian anymore who seeks to uphold Jesus’ teaching, the Beatitudes. Instead, they rattle sabers and clamor for war “in God’s name.” It’s why religion, especially Christianity, is losing numbers steadily and, likely soon, exponentially.

  3. I am new to your blog. I found your recent post to be interesting. I do not believe that religion and politics belong together. What a unique idea that you can hear what anyone is saying if everyone is shouting and calling names.

  4. I just found your letter to frank, what a great job in expressing what everyday Christian’s feel. Preaching war in jesus name is not why I gave my email or donations to any television church. Thank you for writing a letter that represents why we choice to attend church and read the teachings of Christ Jesus.

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