Seeking Wholeness, Justice, and Peace

“During the Season after Pentecost, we learn of God’s deep desire for wholeness, justice, and peace in all creation. Sometimes, following God’s lead to pursue these goals takes both vision to imagine new possibilities and courage to act. The story of David continues this week, demonstrating how much we are capable of when empowered by God.” – Seasons of the Spirit

I thought nothing much of these words as I read them on Wednesday morning in this weeks curriculum resources – sounds good.  Then I woke up Thursday morning to the news of the terror at Mother Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. God’s deep desire for wholeness, justice, and peace in all creation weeps this week for the state of our world.

I believe that there is a time for all things, as we often hear from the author of Ecclesiastes, and that this is the time for lament, for prayer vigils, and to honor the lives of the victims.  We do not always take time in our busy busy lives for lamenting.  Time to hear the deep sorrows of the people around us, of the world around us.  We need to allow ourselves to feel the emotions that arise within us and our neighbors.

Soon however, will be the time to gather our strength and courage to “put legs on our prayers”. Many have address some of the intersectionality around this situation in terms of gun control, mental health care, and most deeply – white supremacy and racial injustice.  For each of us, I believe God calls us to work with our gifts.  However I also believe that the most difficult aspect of this for many to accept is the racial injustice.  While there are many who are able to accept it, there are so many people who continue to argue that we are living in a post racial society.

How do we work for justice with those who refuse to see the injustice? How can we seek reconciliation when we were never together in the first place? Reconciliation infers that there are two now broken parts coming back together into a whole again – yet we have never been whole.  How can we seek peace without an agreed upon idea of what that peace even begins to look like?

The focus scripture of this week is David and Goliath. An interesting story, and we see stark differences of the Phillistines and David. The moral I see out of this story today is to trust in God and not be afraid when going up against something that seems impossible. The broken, corrupt, and unjust human systems that control our world today seem impossible to change or to even effect.  Yet, so many among us hear and respond to callings to tutor, to work for sustainable housing, to keep politicians accountable, and so many many other things.  As we approach our own Goliaths we know that we are not alone, our God calls us together (the people of God and the CHURCH), and that we can our trust in God.

I’m not talking about a simple trust that leaves all the work to God.  I see that as an excuse to not do the work God calls us to do.  After this tragedy, it is very normal for us to be speechless… and then to ask – what O, Lord can we do?  The prophet Micah has already given an answer: to love justice, to speak kindness, and to walk humbly with our God.

God’s peace to your and yours.  May you see God’s light through the vast darkness.

~Deacon Erin

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