So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest, if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9
And He is before all things and in all things, and in Him all things consist. Colossians 1:17
This is a time when it seems everyone is feeling utterly downcast. Our hearts, our souls, even our bodies are carrying an awful weight. There is our American political rancor. There is our coronavirus. And there is our virus of racism. We are battered on all sides and, seemingly, we feel defenseless.
Just the other day, I did some pastoral care for someone not of our parish or faith. She is someone who is wracked with fear. She is afraid to go out her front door. I took her to a local hospital for a consult. We were in today's typical ER— nurses doctors, orderlies, all in scrubs, and many patients lying on gurneys waiting to be seen. It was admittedly an ominous sight.
While I was givings thanks for all the wonderful first responders, my friend was so frightened that she told me to “get her out of this place”. I was sad that she could not also see what I saw, but there was nothing for me to do but to comply with her wishes.
Yes, the sight was hard to see, but in times like these we must try to see through the fog beyond the present and over the steep hill. That is why I use the above scriptures. They tell us that in God, we are freely bestowed with divine instruments of love and justice. Let us reacquaint ourselves with what they are.
As regards the virus, we will do well to wear the mask. It will not disguise us; it will tell all that we care about this divine creation and everyone in it. We will keep to this social distance, not to be distant, but to say that we are very near to each other.
Concerning our political rancor, we will search for leaders to lead us through it and go vote. I just did that. The right to vote is our national privilege and our sacred duty.
And as regards our American struggle with racism—we are not without many great figures among us who are offering the important teachings, ones that can and will bend the arc of justice. We have been hearing from them from many pulpits, rostrums, editorials. One of those is notably Dean Kelly Brown Douglas, whose book “Stand Your Ground” we are reading right now as a parish.
If you are like me and have not read everything needful, go on YouTube and search her name. Then let’s see each other at church soon.
Faithfully, Howard Blunt+