|Posted by communications on January 13, 2021 at 7:00 PM|
As I write these words, members of Congress are debating about whether to impeach President Trump in the aftermath of the violence at our nation’s Capitol last week. This on top of the worst stretch of the COVID-19 pandemic we have seen to date. In light of all this I would like to reiterate and expand upon what I said in my sermon this past Sunday.
As I said on Sunday, I have found myself turning to my Centering Prayer sacred words: “trust Love”. What had been words to help me find that place of silence and stillness for Centering Prayer, have now taken on a deeper meaning in the context of the turbulence we are all experiencing at this time in our nation’s history.
Trusting Love, as I see it, (and I am capitalizing the word Love intentionally) is not to engage in Pollyannish wishful thinking, but rather to allow the truth of God’s enduring love to provide us with a broader perspective in the midst of tumultuous times.
Trusting Love does not mean that we passively accept injustice in our world. Rather, quite the opposite: to trust Love means that when we are confronted with injustice, we actively engage in opposing it. This does not mean, however, that we cross that fine line between the seeking of justice and the hatred of another human being. As we promise in our Baptismal Covenant, to trust Love is to “strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being. Or to quote Martin Luther King Jr., “hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”
Trusting Love means that we take the long view. As people of faith, we trust that God’s love endures, even in the midst of political turmoil and a time of pandemic. Our faith tells us that in the end God’s love wins. God’s love will overcome all injustice. God’s love will overcome all evil. And ultimately, God’s love will even overcome death itself.
In this time of political upheaval and pandemic, I believe that our best path forward is to re-engage in the practice of trusting Love and to renew our capacity to be agents of loving-kindness in a world that desperately needs it.
Yours in Christ,