Rain falling from above, as water rises from below. Your possessions are left behind, you are in a hurry with no idea where you or your community will lay its head tonight. Beyond tonight, your immediate future seems darker than the waters that flood cities, fires continuing to spread - storms and earthquakes that devastate entire cities.
You were given hope for a brighter future. Legislation was passed that allowed you to dream without worry. The dream this country so often preaches was made possible. Now that dream may turn into a nightmare if enough people will it. You are anxious about your future and the people who want to take your dream away.
Ground seemed to be moving. The tides shifting towards affirmation and inclusion. The years of tears and doubt seemed to be carving out space for you and a community that has for so long been oppressed. Then, a group of people who state they love the same Christ you love, do their best to create division and exclusion. You feel caught off guard, enraged, and hurt by the Church. You are tired of trying to convince your worth to people. You want to be supported and to support others arm in arm.
So much has happened this past month. The breakdown of relationships is so evident and being experienced by many (relationship with the earth, our neighbors, and our brothers and sisters).
Let us take some time this day to not get caught up in the opinions of current events but try to step into the experience of those who are on the receiving end.
Let us pursue the heart and love of Christ be being present to the hurts of those who are without homes and being oppressed and excluded.
Prayers for Transformation: Ask yourself and allow Jesus to hear your heart.
- What are my opinions about today's current events?
- Do my opinions prevent me from having compassion towards those who are hurting and excluded? If you find yourself holding onto the opinions more than compassion towards your neighbor, ask Jesus to help you see what might be blocking your heart towards others.
- Do your opinions fit into a gospel view of scarcity or abundance?
- How can I support my brothers and sisters?