Prayers for Peace Offered Tonight
I am deeply troubled by the unfolding of events at our nation’s capitol in the last twenty-four hours. Like many of you, those hallways and offices, security guards and cafeteria workers, hill staffers and residents of surrounding buildings are not merely concepts on television, but people and places with which I am intimately familiar. I pray that this finds each of you—your loved ones, co-workers, and neighbors—safe. This crisis strikes too close to home, in countless ways. I hope you are caring for your hearts, souls, and nerves in whatever way is possible.
What now? Much has been made clear, and yet, much remains unsaid. Much has yet to be reconciled and repaired. Our role as Christians is clear. We are to be agents of reconciliation, mercy, and peace. This is for one reason, and one reason only—Jesus. Stanley Hauerwas says it with these words, “Christians are nonviolent not, therefore, because we believe that nonviolence is a strategy to rid the world of war, but because nonviolence is constitutive of what it means to be a disciple to Jesus.” This is not the easy way forward, especially when threatened. This is not the path of least resistance, by any stretch of the imagination. As Christians, it is our deep and abiding calling to follow Jesus’ example to speak truth to power. It is our deep and abiding calling to leverage our strength grounded firmly in God’s merciful love.
As always, let us begin with prayer. From the safety of your home, I hope you will join me in prayer tonight at 7 PM. If you have a candle in your home, please bring that with you. In the midst of the chaos unfolding around us, let us engage these challenging times by first recommitting to our work as disciples of Jesus.
Time: Jan 7, 2021 07:00 PM
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